Lessons from English Gardens for Americans #6: Go Big, or Go Home

The sixth in a continuing series of design articles… Outdoors, it’s all about scale. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of the vignette in small gardens. In large gardens, on the other hand, small features have … Continue reading

Garden Renovation Primer: Building a Sunken Garden

Under the old mantra that you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, we are about to break a few dozen in starting our new sunken garden. Why, you may ask, build a sunken garden in the first place? … Continue reading

February Morning

I wanted to share with you one of the delights of February: the sublime witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida.’ This is truly one of my all-time favorite plants, and I think you can see why, seen here in full … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: Building a Brick Terrace

Well, with the crazy, snow-less winter here we’ve had here in Boston, I’ve gotten a bit behind in relating the story of our Cambridge garden renovation project, principally because the strange weather has kept me on site and working right … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: In the Beginning There Was… A Lovely Old House

So many of you have asked me for advice on how to renovate old rundown landscapes over the years that I thought I would start a new series of postings taking you through the process step-by-step with one of my … Continue reading

The Great Fall Scavenger Hunt

If you’re like me, right about now you are casting a fairly critical eye around your landscape. Of course there are still all those wonderful fruits and vegetables to harvest, and many flowers are still going strong, but September is … Continue reading

Heirloom Lilacs

The lilacs opened in my garden this morning, and as the breeze carried that heady scent through the open window for the first time this year, I was instantly transported back to my childhood in Milwaukee, walking with my mother … Continue reading

Designing with Brick

Every since I was a little boy, I’ve had a fascination with bricks. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it’s true. While other kids were entertaining themselves with board games or erector sets, I could usually be … Continue reading

Ghosts in the Garden

Spring has sprung here in Boston, and with the recent advent of warm weather, the phone is merrily ringing  (thankfully!) here in my office, with clients calling to set up design appointments, eager to get started with landscape renovations. And … Continue reading

Designing the Garden: Fences, Hedges and Screen Plantings

Part Three of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape As spring rolls finally rolls around here in Boston, and people start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fine weather, my clients inevitably ask me about … Continue reading