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08 Apr
2020
Spring blooming at farmhouse

Embrace Your Outdoor Space – As Is!

Well, this is not the spring I’d planned. I’m sure it’s not the one you’d planned either. But it’s the one we’ve got. So I say, let’s work with it. To every client—past, present and future—every gardener, aspiring gardener and mud pie maker, every friend and reader:  I wish I could come right over and..

30 Mar
2020
Fountain, trellis and stone pathways

Wooden You Know: Trellis!

You pull up in the driveway of the magnificent waterfront home, eager to join the others by the lake across the yard. But to get there, you have to follow a worn, muddy trail past the garage and HVAC compressor. Then, once you get there, you happen to catch the view from across the manicured..

20 Feb
2020
Native Foamflower

Discover Native Groundcovers

When it comes to groundcovers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Shady, shallow-root areas under tree crowns, where nothing else wants to grow. Steep hillsides and banks, where erosion washes away anything trying to grow, along with the soil and nutrients. No-longer-wanted expanses of lawn, where mowing, thatching, fertilizing and watering don’t make for..

13 Feb
2020
Welcoming stone and paving stone entrance

Making a Grand Entrance

Sometimes, function follows form. And there are instances in which outright defiance of fundamental architectural principles leads to the most extraordinary of homes. The gracious home of one of our clients in White County, shown below, is a case in point. Here, the front door—actually a set of French doors—is not the focal point of..

04 Feb
2020
In progress landscape work at Gainesville Ga office

Dentist Adopts Garden Hygiene

My dentist was keeping me in the dark. It wasn’t his dental practice, per se. It was his gardening practices. He had allowed the garden in front of his office to become so unruly and overgrown that the bushes and trees completely blocked the windows—and virtually all the natural light. I offered him a deal: ..

29 Jan
2020
Suzanne Brosche studying for Arborists' License

Learn.Grow.Do.Teach

Learn. Grow. Do. Teach. There were plenty of reasons not to do it. I could have easily talked myself out of it. I’m too busy. I haven’t done anything like this in years. It might be too hard. What if I fail? But ultimately, my love of learning and growing in my profession won out,..

13 Jan
2020
Back yard stone steps, raised stone planters and walkway

While We’re At It…

It’s not unusual for a client to engage us to help with a particular goal, challenge or space and then expand the scope of the project when it becomes apparent that a related project could make the property more enjoyable or functional. This happened with a client I posted about recently, who initially wanted to..

08 Jan
2020
Edging landscape beds

Creating an Edgy Garden

Edgy isn’t always where you want to be. You can feel mighty edgy after catching the red-eye from LaGuardia seated next to an unhappy infant. You might not want to wear that edgy outfit at a funeral. But when it comes to lawns and gardens, edgy is almost always a good thing. Edging garden beds..

18 Dec
2019
Home composters

Designer Composting…Seriously?

I read in an article the other day that composting is going high-end. Yep, in some of the more avant-garde regions of the country, composting is becoming so fashionable that it’s being designed right into kitchen décor. Circular insets are being precision-cut right into Carrara marble countertops, through which food scraps are discretely dropped into..

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