Taliesin West

Red, White & Blue in the Garden

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  It's fitting, on a day that honors the Red, White and Blue, to show those colors in the garden. I was inspired by  a white arch covered with 'Joseph's Coat' climbing rose against a summer-blue sky. Cobalt pot, red geraniums, white wall and window mullions...can you feel the warmth of this midsummer morning? Here's [...]

Art in the Garden

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  This is the gist of my 2/12/11 presention at the San Diego Botanic Garden. What defines "art" is subjective, and its forms are infinitely variable. But in general, when positioning a delicate sculpture in your garden, silhouette it against a solid surface or the sky. Otherwise, the piece may disappear.  (Photo taken at Taliesin West, near Phoenix.) Substantial art [...]

A Salute to Saguaros

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  Saguaro (pronounced "sah-hwah-roh") cactus evokes Arizona and the desert Southwest. With arms raised to the sky, each tall cactus has great personality. These cylindrical trees, found only in the Sonoran Desert, can attain 50 feet with great age. It takes a saguaro 75 years to branch. Some are estimated at 200 years old. Younger [...]