Fall Foliage Perennials

Fall Foliage Perennials

When we think of fall color, we almost always think about trees and shrubs. How­ever, there are a num­ber of great peren­ni­als who strut their stuff in a whole new way when the tem­per­a­tures drop. Wild Gera­nium, also goes by the awful com­mon name of “Bloody Cranes­bill” (Gera­nium san­guineum) which clearly no one thought through the   Continue…

Garden ‘Whimsy’ Done Right!

Garden ‘Whimsy’ Done Right!

I will just say right now that I hate the phrase ‘whimsy’ as, to me, it’s just a polite way of say­ing “tacky”.   That’s prob­a­bly because of all the design styles for gar­dens, a ‘whim­si­cal’ style using re-purposed ele­ments is the HARDEST to get right.  It requires an amaz­ing eye and a keen aes­thetic   Continue…

Plantation Shutter Planter Tutorial

Plantation Shutter Planter Tutorial

Oth­er­wise known as a ‘Plant’ation Pri­vacy Screen. Like many of you, I saw the orig­i­nal idea for this project in Sun­set Mag­a­zine, though I am sure the designer who cre­ated it was not the first to do this, she cer­tainly did it up beau­ti­ful! The Sun­set Mag­a­zine ver­sion fea­tured a gor­geous project com­pleted by San   Continue…

Coffee Table Planter

Coffee Table Planter

The 1st annual Gala Fundraiser event was held on Sat­ur­day night for Con­ser­va­tion Gar­den Park and it seems to have been quite a suc­cess­ful event.  I am rather relieved it’s over as I par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral capac­i­ties and I’m plum wore out!  Through my ‘reg­u­lar gig’, I helped plan and man­age the event.  Through my   Continue…

Utah House @ The Utah Botanical Center

Utah House @ The Utah Botanical Center

If you’re any­thing like me, you’ve dri­ven down I-15 through Kayesville you’ve prob­a­bly seen the signs for the Utah Botanic Cen­ter. You’ve prob­a­bly even thought about stop­ping by some­day– and you’re prob­a­bly on your way some­where else and don’t have time to just drop in when you pass. I’m going to con­vince you with 7   Continue…

Succulent Living Wreaths

Succulent Living Wreaths

I am very for­tu­nate to work for an awe­some gar­den where they let me explore all kinds of inter­est­ing plant­ing ideas.  We have our very first fundrais­ing gala event com­ing up in a few weeks and I’ve been hard at work cre­at­ing some cool gar­den art pieces for the auc­tion (which I’ll share in a   Continue…

How to Successfully Design a Lawnless Landscape

How to Successfully Design a Lawnless Landscape

It’s true that you can have a won­der­ful, lawn-free land­scape BUT it also requires care­ful design in order to ensure you don’t end up with a clut­tered, hot mess! Why is design­ing a lawn­less land­scape so chal­leng­ing? Well, to under­stand that we must first under­stand why lawns are so appeal­ing in the first place– beyond   Continue…

FREE Landscape & Design Classes

FREE Landscape & Design Classes

If you are look­ing to up your game in the gar­den, there are a num­ber of free com­mu­nity classes being offered around the Wasatch Front as well as down South over the com­ing months.  Here’s a look at the most recent offer­ings and I will SHAMELESSLY pimp out my own classes too! Con­ser­va­tion Gar­den Park   Continue…

DIY Landscape Center FREEBIES

DIY Landscape Center FREEBIES

On Sat­ur­day, April 30th, 2011 the DIY Land­scape Cen­ter will be cel­e­brat­ing their Grand Open­ing by host­ing a ‘pot party’.  Okay, they told me not to call it that but the name is sort of funny! If you bring your pots/containers, they will fill them with soil FREE!  Who doesn’t love free?   DIY Land­scape Cen­ter @   Continue…

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

I know this blog is about all things local but, occas­sion­ally, it’s fun to think past our bor­ders– or even global.  I had the oppor­tu­nity to vaca­tion in Wash­ing­ton DC with 2 of my sis­ters at the begin­ning of April.  What an adven­ture! We were spouse and kid free for 6 whole days!  It was   Continue…

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