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Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club– History

Conservation Garden Park Education Center

I have wanted to start a ‘Gar­den Club’ here locally for more than a decade.  I had the great oppor­tu­nity of pro­vid­ing staff sup­port to the Sandy Gar­den Club many years ago when I was fresh out of col­lege and work­ing as a City employee in Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment. My pos­i­tive expe­ri­ences with that Club sparked a great inter­est in cre­at­ing a club in my neigh­bor­hood when the time was right.  Then there were 3 kids in 3 years.  And try­ing to…

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Mt. Olympus Community Garden Dedication

The pergola structure Paul got donated and constructed by Zwick Construction

Over the last year an a half I’ve been priv­i­leged to be involved with the design and imple­men­ta­tion of Salt Lake County’s newest com­mu­nity gar­den, Mt. Olym­pus Com­mu­nity Gar­dens in Hol­la­day.  My involve­ment began  by meet­ing with the group to dis­cuss the fea­si­bil­ity of the Gar­den and to cre­ate a basic design plan for the for the Gar­den lay­out.  A won­der­ful County Coun­cil­woman, Jani Iwamoto, ini­ti­ated the project to solve two prob­lems– to make use of a weedy patch of…

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Thanksgiving Point Idea Garden

After a totally wild week­end, I am back from the SNAP! Cre­ativ­ity Con­fer­ence. What an exhaust­ing but won­der­ful cou­ple of days! I have promised to get a post up about ter­rar­ium basics and will try and make that hap­pen tomor­row. Between the SNAP! Con­fer­ence, a local polit­i­cal con­ven­tion over the week­end (at which my friend, Mia, was nom­i­nated to be the Repub­li­can can­di­date for US Con­gress), and Earth Day Activ­i­ties which were cel­e­brated Mon­day, I’ve been a lit­tle overwhelmed! I’ll…

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Succulent Pallet Table


Whew! The last week was a whirl­wind!  I actu­ally LOVE the Home & Gar­den Show.  I’m an extro­vert so talk­ing to hun­dreds of peo­ple about plants etc. is a lot of fun for me!  This is the first year in the last five that I am not design­ing pri­vately and thus was not trolling for clients at the show– I just got to enjoy it with no stress attached!  I found that there just was not enough time to be…

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Salt Lake Tribune Home & Garden Show Eye Candy

Gorgeous path by Stonescapes

And this time I don’t mean me with Ahmed!  The show was BACK this year with huge crowds and great ideas.  One change was that there were more small land­scapes by land­scap­ers I haven’t seen at the show before.  It was great to see how much inter­est they could pack into some pretty tight spaces! They set up the land­scaper dream gar­dens a lit­tle dif­fer­ently this year and I liked the change. Instead of a hodge podge, they cre­ated an over­all…

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Ahmed Hassan


I have a ton to write about as the Spring Home & Gar­den show has just wrapped up and I have a bunch of projects to share! How­ever, it’s late and so tonight I’m just going to share my high­light of the show– Ahmed! I will just say for the record than in real life the man is drip­ping with charisma and his mus­cled chest ain’t too bad either! Oh– wait? Was I sup­posed to be lis­ten­ing to some sort…

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Meeting Landscape Architect/ Artist, Topher Delaney!

Delaney Narducci

The 2012 Utah Nurs­ery and Land­scape Asso­ci­a­tion Green Con­fer­ence was held this past week and what a week it was! I’ll write more about the event and pro­vide some great pho­tos but, for today, I want to talk about the most sig­nif­i­cant moment for me at the con­fer­ence– meet­ing land­scape leg­end, Topher Delaney. Topher Delaney’s work is as unique as her name. She pulls off designs and instal­la­tions that most of us would never even attempt to get away with!…

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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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