Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

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Providing interest and life to an otherwise dull visual space, espaliers can work in almost any garden type: big and small, formal and informal, grand and modest. In this article, Nick McCullough presents a list of recommended fruit-bearing and ornamental trees that work great as espaliers, tips and tricks for training them, and photographs that display their versatility.
Growing your own vegetables in your garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Author Niki Jabbour explores how to grow an edible garden without sacrificing garden aesthetics in her new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens.
Beyond the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, few think of Washington, DC, as a place to visit gardens and other outdoor spaces, but in fact, it has those in abundance. DC has a wealth of “secret” public garden spaces, some of which are adjacent to museums and monuments. It also boasts several very fine estate gardens, garden shops, and a very active farm to table restaurant scene. Read about how in a long weekend, with careful planning, DC can be a fantastic destination for anyone interested in garden-related travel.
A garden gate is a portal that signifies a transition into a new space and experience. Like Alice looking down the rabbit hole, a gate leads us from the known to the unknown. And, like that rabbit hole, if you elongate or accentuate the portal, it makes the transition even more tantalizing. Here is a variety of garden gate styles that illustrate the “power of the portal.”
Philly is the perfect location for garden design and horticultural exploration. For a weekend trip, here are some highlights that will engage those who are interested in gardens as well as their less garden-focused traveling companions.
After years of photographing beautiful landscapes, professional photographer Dona Kopol Bonick decided to put her camera down and create her own frame-worthy garden with her husband at their Napa, Calif. home. She shares with us the transformation from a horse pasture to now a blooming garden ready to have a Pinot Noir vineyard planted.
Hailed in the November 2013 issue of Vogue as “One of Britain’s most-wanted garden designers”, Arne Maynard will speak about his design philosophy of creating gardens which seem to naturally sit within their landscape or environment at the inaugural Robert Dash lecture for the Madoo Conservancy in New York City.
Ring in the New Year with some great garden ideas from our top 10 favorite Pinterest boards. Be inspired by the beauty and usefulness of well-designed outdoor spaces from our own boards and others we love.
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In 2001, Sue Ingram’s world was rocked. Her husband was admitted to the hospital in a near coma from diabetes, an event which was to have lifelong implications for his health. To find peace through her pain, and to create a place of rest and revival to help him heal, she turned to gardening on her Kennewick, Washington property.
A visit to Sea Cliff Gardens B&B in Port Angeles, Wash., is literally like stepping into a painting. Strolling through the grounds among lush evergreens and rolling lawns, you’ll follow a flagstone walkway through a shaded woodland garden carpeted with primrose, hostas, hellebores, wood poppies and sweet alyssum. A waterfront rose garden with pink Adirondack benches overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, toward the shores of Victoria, British Columbia. Over 100 blooming rhododendrons dazzle between March and June. Take a stroll and hear about owner Bonnie Kuchler’s labor of love and how she tamed an English garden gone wild.
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