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Fall Foliage Perennials

'Bloody Cranesbill' (Geranium sanguineum) in full fall color

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 men­tal imagery when nam­ing this lovely peren­nial.  It’s lovely with just hints of red foliage color dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son but it trans­forms in the Fall with scream­ing…

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Garden ‘Whimsy’ Done Right!

Backyard Garden Overview

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 that’s hon­estly hard to come by– even for those who excel at other design styles.  How­ever, every now and then you hap­pen upon a gar­den…

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Plantation Shutter Planter Tutorial

View from beneath the shutter looking up

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 Fran­cisco area flo­ral designer, Bay­lor Chap­man of LilaB Designs. The mag­a­zine gave a lit­tle infor­ma­tion on how the shut­ters were con­structed and it sounded pretty…

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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 design busi­ness, I donated sev­eral pieces of gar­den art, includ­ing a ‘cof­fee table planter’. The seed for the table was planted by Julie Rader of…

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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 pic­tures (and really that’s overkill– could do it in 3) why the gar­den mer­its a visit– even if you have to make spe­cial plans to…

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Succulent Living Wreaths

2 Months after planting the wreaths were full and gorgeous for the event!

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 future post).  I’ve been too busy DOING to be blog­ging but I hope there are still a few read­ers out there! The theme of our Gala…

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Landscape Design

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 the obvi­ous recre­ational reasons. In the above space which I designed for a client a few years back, the dry river bed serves as the…

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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 (West Jor­dan) Classes:  I will be teach­ing “Advanced Water­wise Land­scape Design” on May 18th and “Cre­at­ing a Water­wise Land­scape on a Bud­get” class on May…

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DIY Landscape Center FREEBIES

Close up of 'Phantom' Petunia- black with a limey-yellow star.  One of the deepest blacks I've ever seen.  Unbelievable!

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 @ Asphalt Materials 7961 South 1300 West West Jor­dan, Utah  9:00 am– Noon  In addi­tion, my busi­ness, Design Resource, will be there to help you get a ‘designer look’…

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Celebrating Seasons Garden Tours

Cherry Blossom Festival

Jefferson Monument.  Photo copyright Nicole Crockett Photography. Used with Permission.

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 won­der­ful to have the chance to MISS our respec­tive families. The trip boasted many won­der­ful flo­ral oppor­tu­ni­ties, even though we were there so early in…

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