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Seed Season!


Win­ter may be time off from actively gar­den­ing but it’s a great time of year for gar­den­ers! When the seed cat­a­logs start arriv­ing in the mail I feel like a kid all over again, drool­ing over the hol­i­day “Sears Wish­book”.  Each cat­a­log holds the promise of the ‘best gar­den ever’ if I can just pick the right seeds to grow.  This is gar­den­ing with my imag­i­na­tion which is far more exu­ber­ant than my real-world life! This year it’s espe­cially excit­ing…

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Hanging Air Plant Terarrium

All finished and ready to hang.

I’ll admit that I’m really NOT a house­plant per­son.  Not only do I tend to kill them from benign neglect, I also just don’t like the way the take over things (think of the clas­sic Philodendron). You’ve seen this guy, right?  All stretched out 6 feet long and held up by thumb tacks as it grows around a win­dow or creep­ing along the top of the kitchen cab­i­nets?  It’s just not my thing.  Too much work.  Too leggy. Too much…

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Glover Nursery Garden

The waterfall has plenty of foliage behind it to avoid the dread 'volcano falls' effect.

Hav­ing lived for a time in the Pacific North­west, I got spoiled.  There are so many lovely nurs­eries there and most of them sport dis­play gar­dens.  Heaven on earth!  Sadly, most nurs­eries here in Utah aren’t set up the same way– but there are a few! One such nurs­ery is Glover located in West Jor­dan.  It’s one of my favorite nurs­eries for a num­ber of rea­sons and I’ve spent a lot of money there over the years buy­ing for clients or…

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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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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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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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Succulent Green Wall

504 succulents were used to create a living picture- all foliage, no flowers!

WHEW! The Salt Lake Tri­bune Spring Home and Gar­den Fes­ti­val (could they make that name any longer?) is finally over!  It was a great show this year though not as ‘splashy’ as last year’s show.  The land­scape indus­try in gen­eral is endur­ing the most dif­fi­cult finan­cial times EVER so it’s not sur­pris­ing that the exhibits, while still great qual­ity, were scaled back some­what from pre­vi­ous years.  I had the oppor­tu­nity to work the show for TWO booths, one for my reg­u­lar…

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