Invasion of the Invasives

Eeiii!!! Run for your life! We’re being invaded by invasives. Invasive plants creep into the yard, into the garden, often unawares. They are kind of like weeds but only more so. They “take over” an ecosystem, causing major disturbance to areas where they are present. They lack natural predators that would keep them in balance […]

I Speak for the Trees pt. 3

As a certified arborist, I guess you could call me a professional tree hugger. I recently attended  the International Society of Arboriculture conference and I have a lot to share with you about trees. This is the final blog of my 3 part series. In the first part, I elaborated on the importance of trees […]

Staying Current with Water Features

Jason and I have installed many water features over the years. They can range widely in their complexity and might be overwhelming at first to consider adding to your garden. However, I believe they are always worth it. Water, in its ancient ways, provides tranquility, prosperity, and restoration. Don’t underestimate what the power of a […]

I Speak for the Trees pt.2

As a certified arborist, I guess you could call me a professional tree hugger. I recently attended  the International Society of Arboriculture conference and I have a lot to share with you about trees. In part 1 of this 3 part series, I elaborated on the importance of trees and how they impact us and […]

The Earlynn Miller Project: Life Changing Work

Meet Dr. Earlynn Miller: Dancer, teacher, visionary, lover of life. Earlynn came into my life as my fathers’ partner. She passed in the spring of 2021. Earlynn Miller was an incredibly creative and artistic soul who retired from a 30 year career as full time dance faculty at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Art […]

Edge of Tomorrow

One very common design element in the field of landscaping is garden edging. This is something my clients are always asking me to do for their yard. Though I do think edging can be useful both visually and practically, there are some aspects of it that not every landscape artist will tell you about. As […]

Small Yard, Big Renovation

You’ve heard of tiny homes. You know, those itty bitty buildings that could pass as tree houses or a kid’s play place? They are small but efficient, a smart and simplified space that is thoughtfully arranged to include all the important stuff in one bite-sized unit. Well that’s what we make sometimes but the difference, […]

Girls, Women, & Tools

When you picture a typical construction worker, who do you see? When you think of a landscaper or lawn specialist, what do they look like? The answer is probably a man and that makes sense. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent only 10.9% of the construction industry even though we make […]

Take it or Leaf it: Advice on Plants in Pots

Plants, like people, are tough. Both can adapt to a wide range of living conditions. Though plants thrive naturally outdoors where they can spread their roots in the ground, they can also survive in many other situations, such as in pots. If you have shied away from planting in pots, read on. Here’s a primer […]

To The Gazebo We Go!

Over the river and through the woods to the gazebo we go!  This past year we had a client who had recently cleared out an old house from their property and were left with lots and lots of space. Though they enjoyed their expansive backyard, they realized the space was a little too… spacious. It […]