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To Prune or not to Prune

Grab those hand saws and sharpen your shears, its pruning season ladies and gentle gardeners. With winter half way through, any and all deciduous plants are well and truly dormant, the ideal time to prune the majority of trees and shrubs. It’s late enough that they won’t try throwing out any new buds, but still early […]

Native Plants Line the Path to Sustainability

If you are a reader of the Art of Stone Gardening blog posts, you know that we frequently discuss the importance and significance of native plants in landscapes. When you plant natives, you help rebuild habitat, strengthen the web of life and fight climate change. In this piece, reprinted with permission by Homegrown National Park®, […]

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 […]

I Speak for the Trees pt. 1

tree hugger

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 all about trees. In this 3 part series, I will dive into the reasons why we need trees, the types of trees we […]

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 […]

Paradise Has Walls

Picture this. You’re having a backyard party. You’re just putting the finishing touches on a nice spread of food and drink while the evening outdoor lights blink on. Lovely music is playing in the background, the hot tub is bubbling, and people are starting to arrive. Everything looks pristine. Your screened-in porch is the perfect […]

Each Project is a Journey – One Step at a Time

When it comes to outdoor landscape solutions, Art of Stone Gardening is not your run of the mill landscaping/stone company. We are totally different from most companies, specializing in creative, unique designs. The story of the Wesselink project illustrates that. Vision, design, technique, labor and artistry were all involved in creating a one-of-a-kind solution for this […]

No More Amendments… to Planting Holes!

Since 1789, the constitution has been amended 27 times and I am here to say what I think should be the 28th amendment: no. more. amendments. … to planting holes! Okay so here me out because you may not have heard about this but it’s a hot button issue for me. The concept of “amending […]

Spreading The Magic Dust

Let’s get it out of the way up front. It’s all about sex… pollination, that is. Pollinators help plants reproduce. From the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) we learn, “Pollinators visit flowers in their search for food (nectar and pollen). During a flower visit, a pollinator may accidentally brush against the flower’s reproductive parts, […]