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3 Landscape Design Ideas to Add Instant Maturity to a New Home

We’re sharing a trick, a tip, and a design approach we used in the landscape design of this new home that makes it feel instantly elegant, stately and mature. One year before these beautiful LUXE magazine photos were taken, neither this house nor its garden existed. Because it’s on a corner lot in a very established neighborhood, we are frequently […]

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5 Truths and Tips for Amazing Container Gardens

‘Tis the season for gardeners to plan and dream, so we’ve collected some of our best insights, practical tips and design truths about container gardening to inspire you.   1. Color Isn’t Everything The eye sees form before it sees color. You can make a container just as exciting (and often more so) with a contrast […]

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4 Garden Design Ideas for Better Outdoor Living

In our before/after story, we’re sharing four ideas you can use in your own garden design to transform your experience of living outdoors. A little-used pool occupied too much space at the home of this suburban family. Instead of swimming, they wanted easier access to their property and the opportunity to use it for large-scale entertaining. To redesign […]

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In the Garden: Your May Maintenance Checklist

    We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  Photograph your work! You’ll want to take pictures of spring annuals and garden views to remind yourself of what is there when you’re planning for next year. Wile you’re at it, make […]

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A Mother’s Day Garden Story

Senior gardener Deanna Buvala shares a meaningful (and beautiful!)  Mother’s Day tradition along with tips on how to do it yourself. Many years ago when we moved into our new house, I felt compelled to purchase some spring bulbs. I wanted to try some Crocus with the little Tulipa tarda in my back yard. As it goes, […]

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Winged columns define the western limit of the garden. Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan

Ancient Asian Art in a Midwestern Landscape

Sometimes the best way to blend two very different aesthetics – in this case ancient Asian sculpture and the native Midwestern landscape – is to let each remain distinct.  We’re telling the story of this landscape in celebration of its recent commendation by the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Illinois chapter. Enjoy these photos and see more on our website and […]

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The Power of a Tree

As a landscape architect working in a community with such a strong legacy of traditional style, I so enjoy visiting the western US to visit and study great mid-century modernism at its best.  I recently visited Twin Palms, Frank Sinatra’s first get-away home in Palm Springs by California architect E. Stewart Williams. This house looked […]

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In the Garden: Your April Maintenance Checklist

We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  Now that the spring snow (or as one friend calls it: ‘vanilla mulch’) has melted and temps are on the rise, get out your notebook, gloves and favorite tools. It’s time to get to […]

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In the Garden: Your March Maintenance Checklist

  We’re sharing the monthly garden maintenance checklists we use to nurture nearly 100 gardens to help you keep on top of maintenance in your own garden.  Finally, March is here and we can start to get our hands dirty! It’s all about preparation. Finish dormant tree and vine pruning. Now it’s safe to prune your oak, maple, birch and […]

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3 Tips when Dividing Your Perennials in Early Spring

Early spring is when our gardeners look closely at gardens we care for to see what they need after a long winter. Three of my favorite early-spring gardening tips are related to dividing perennials: 1) Mimic nature The challenge of new gardens is that they can look too uniform or regimented if you purchased and planted a group […]

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