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Designing a Modern Garden in a Traditional Setting

Turkey’s done but we’re full of thanks this week for the latest issue of LUXE Interiors and Design for profiling one of our latest gardens!  Our collaboration with Andrea Burridge Interior Design and Pursely Dixon Architects is covered in a beautifully photographed piece that illustrates how contemporary and traditional style can work together. We couldn’t resist sharing a […]

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Sharing History and Stewardship with Elawa Farm

  The connection between our property and Elawa Farm goes back 100 years, when they were both part of the same Armour family estate. The location of our studio and gardens were the coach and gate houses; Elawa was the estate farm. Though the property was divided long ago, we remain closely tethered by our […]

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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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Dan Kiley in The CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Dan Kiley (1912-2004) was one of the most important and visionary Modernist landscape architects, acclaimed for more than 1,000 designs worldwide.  The Cultural Landscape Foundation has organized a retrospective of Dan Kiley’s life and prolific body of work, and a special edition of the annual Landslide© compendium. Kiley worked with architects Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. […]

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Celebrate Chickens

Craig received a wonderful gift in celebration of chickens from good friend Delse Buss, wife of long time colleague and owner of Buss Landscape Co. in Libertyville.   Delse made the pillow using rescued vintage “orphan” quilt squares from the late 1800/early 1900s. Orphans are quilt squares made but never set into a quilt. She appliquéd […]

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Callicarpa ‘amethyst’ Berries in frost

            The frost of October 22 intensified the brilliance of the incredible purple berries on the Callicarpa ‘amethyst’. We love all the gorgeous purple hues and their names – visual onomatopoeia:  lilac, lavender, indigo, violet, grape, eggplant, ultramarine, orchid, mauve, iris, blackberry, plum, magenta, amethyst, & thistle. This intense purple artichoke […]

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Moving a Hoop at the Nursery

This is how the CBLD Nursery and Garden Care staff move a hoop at the Nursery in Wadsworth. No time to dismantle and rebuild, and not necessary with enough people to carry it to the new site. Reminds one of moving houses on trucks! Notice Jane and Deanna doing a great job of supervising!!

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Cultural Landscape Weekend in LA

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is sponsoring a What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles on October 26 & 27. Discover Southern California’s remarkable landscape through FREE tours of  two-dozen historic landscapes in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Monica. The history of Los Angeles area landscape ranges from its Spanish Colonial roots to the present, with Asian, Hispanic, and […]

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Craig Hosts Author in “Novel Affair” 9/28

As participants in The Ragdale Foundation’s Novel Affair, Craig Bergmann and Paul Klug will host author Benjamin Alire Sáenz for dinner at 900 on Saturday, September 28. Novel Affair brings together renowned novelists, filmmakers, artists and composers for two evenings of creativity and conversation in support of Ragdale, the artist retreat in Lake Forest. This […]

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