‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

‘ARTiculture’ – Philadelphia Flower Show 2014 – begins today and runs through March 9th.

In the grand hallway, Subaru, a long time sponsor of the show, has created a compelling and whimsical recyclable garden.

Subaru's Recyclable Garden

Subaru’s Recyclable Garden

Notice how the lattices in the walls are made of old bed springs. How cool is that? Continue Reading →

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Gardener

The current show of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, Modern Nature, at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum reveals the the gardener observing nature.

O'Keefe purple petunia

The works in the exhibition are all from a period of her life when she painted at the vacation resort town of Lake George, New York, before moving to the Southwest where she spent most of her career.  O’Keeffe was married to Alfred Stieglitz during this time, the famous photographer and gallerist who almost single handedly popularized impressionist art in America.

We see her studies of the Eastern landscapes with the trees, leaves, and most remarkably the garden flowers from the summer garden of the Stieglitz family, seen with the appreciation of a gardener that seeks to celebrate plants.

“I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then.” Georgia O’Keeffe 1921 Continue Reading →

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Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here’s what I enjoyed  most—a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a GGW post. (I think it might have been the shopping that did it. I kept thinking, “I can’t bring this home, but at least I can show it to everyone!”)

White glass flower

A recurring theme of the display gardens was blown glass. Famed  artist Dale Chihuly’s studio is near Seattle, and his influence is everywhere. For example, this white glass flower in a green-and-white garden. Continue Reading →

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Snowdrops in The Hidden City Garden

Here is Part 2 of Snowdrops In The Hidden City Garden from Dutch garden designer Harry Pierik.

To read Part 1, click here.

“In the previous post I showed how I prepared the borders of the snowdrops.

Now we’re going to look at how the snowdrops grow in the Hidden City Garden.

Also I’ll show three different yellow cultivars.

In total there are more than one hundred different snowdrops in the Hidden City Garden.

Snowdrops in Hidden City Garden

Snowdrop border in Hidden City Garden

Snowdrop border with in the foreground around the birdbath. Epimedium x peralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’. Three different buxus shrubs form the backbone in this border which appears from the evergreen background, as a peninsula in the grass. In the background the large evergreen leaves of Viburnum x rhytidophylloides Willowwood ‘among others’,  Skimmia japonica, Sasa palmata, Aucuba japonica ‘ Rozannie ‘, and Fatsia japonica.

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It Rained !

Raindrops and bubbles in street puddle

Raindrops and bubbles in street puddle

While most of the country has been suffering under a brutally cold winter, we in California have been waiting for winter rains.  It has been brutally dry.  We have not had a soaking rain for 13 months.

So you gardeners can imagine the joy  of our recent rains.  I spent each day this past weekend working in the garden, in the rain, in rapture.   The earth is breathing, sighing, releasing its bonds.  Immediately everything in my garden perked up. Continue Reading →

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