Los Angeles Canyon Garden Retreat

October 26, 2010

Once inside this LA canyon urban garden, you become almost unaware of the sound of traffic whizzing by right outside the gate. Only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of big city streets and the elegant storefronts of … Read More...

Off the Wall Gardening

October 22, 2010

Although I am intrigued by these little wall hanging planters, by UK design firm, Thelermont Hupton, I’m not sure how they drain. My email inquiry to the designers bounced back, so I will assume from the photo that they … Read More...

Dirt Couture Hits the Runway

October 21, 2010


French Harvest Apron, from $34

Stone, metal, wood, jute, cloth, and even manure are among the materials found in the goods at Dirt Couture, the cool new online shop featuring handcrafted artisan-produced products made in the USA.

Cindy McNatt, … Read More...

Urban Gardens Get a Good Rap

October 17, 2010

Many have written, photographed, and spoken about urban gardens. But this is the first time I have seen someone rap about urban gardens. I was “moved” by this urban gardens rap music video…

And as the rappers note: “Urban gardening … Read More...

Los Angeles Fun Garden Spot

October 14, 2010

On my last visit to Los Angeles, I slammed on the brakes as I was just about to pass Urban Garden Paradise: Rolling Greens on Beverly Blvd. Not great driving, but I was so thrilled not to miss this fantastic … Read More...

Create Your Own Design Mood Board

October 12, 2010

I just found out about OlioBoard, a site on which for free you can create your own mood board to experiment with styles, colors, products. I created the mood board above by browsing their library of thousands of items … Read More...

Kale and Cranberries Autumn Centerpiece

October 11, 2010


Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

For my dinner table last night, I created this last minute alternative to a flower arrangement using cranberries and white kale. I love the way it welcomed fall into my dining room and at the same … Read More...

Cool Blogs to Follow: Not Just Your Garden Variety

October 8, 2010


Photo by Ellen Shapiro, Dig-it-Blog

I’ve made some new friends in and out of the garden lately. Some I met at the Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium in Dallas last month, some through other bloggers and on Twitter, others just … Read More...

Woven Garden Chairs Offer Color and Texture

October 7, 2010

Since I like to shop local, I am particularly drawn to Brooklyn designer Jessica Carnivale’s debut line of colorful woven outdoor chairs, aptly named Stretch.

Carnivale experimented with a number of different materials and chose latex, bungee and … Read More...

Urban Gardens Does Dallas

October 6, 2010


I saw the writing on the wall…boy was it hot in Dallas!

Along with nearly 500 others, I weathered the scorching Dallas heat and humidity while visiting some cool gardens during this year’s Garden Writers Annual Symposium.

Before I … Read More...

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