Are you a Native Plant purist?

When we design, we talk about “purpose.” In the established garden, we use the term every few years -to reconsider the garden. Guiding principles, such as water-efficient and beneficial-to-nature, are big-picture “purpose” values in many modern gardens. On the micro, unique level, has the purpose in your existing garden changed? Are there new activities that… Continue reading Are you a Native Plant purist?

A garden of another color

Our newer, water-saving landscapes are helping us break free of plain old green in the garden. With many plants, the traits that make them water-thrifty, also give them interesting foliage color and form. We can use this to our advantage by creating a “wow!” garden based on the monochromatic style. Monochromatic gardens have been around… Continue reading A garden of another color

The New Perennial Movement & California Native Plants

                                A design style that makes good use of California native plants is The New Perennial Movement. This design trend, likes most styles, shares similarities with other themes. Probably the best comparison is a naturalistic or wild-scaping style. Efforts to encourage planting native plants has also been a large part of The New Perennial Movement… Continue reading The New Perennial Movement & California Native Plants

Planting in winter

Our season of fall planting is nearing its conclusion. But if you need to finish off the landscape this year, or are like me and want to add “just a few more” new plants to the garden, here are some ideas and tips to ensure success with your new transplants. In fact, there are some… Continue reading Planting in winter

A New Era

This article first appeared in the April 4 edition of the Porterville Recorder newspaper.                You’ve probably heard that on April 1, the state Water Quality Control Resource Board announced new state-wide water restrictions. This was no April Fool’s joke, however. Stricter restrictions were expected, so there was nothing surprising in the announcement, and nothing… Continue reading A New Era

Planning for fall

Summer is a great season to plan changes to your garden or an entirely new landscape. Here’s a step-by-step way to start the design process on your own.  What’s the biggest challenge when trying to determine what plants to use and where to put them? Sometimes organizing the garden scheme can seem overwhelming, especially when… Continue reading Planning for fall

Mother’s Day Spring Boutique – May 11, 2013

Hope to see you at this event, which combines my love of plants with love of animals and so is dear to my heart: Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique Garrison Gourd Farm – Saturday, May 11, 2013  – 10 a.m. – 1p.m. 12944 avenue 320, Visalia CA Raffle & Refreshment proceeds benefit Friends of Tulare County… Continue reading Mother’s Day Spring Boutique – May 11, 2013

Native Plant Fall Festival

Nov. 17 & Nov. 18    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   both days   — River Ridge Ranch, Springville, CA Wow! Our first day of the Festival was fantastic. Warm, fall beauty, no rain (cloudy and breezy, but just right). We listened to poetry and prose sitting around the fire pit, walked trails, planted some Cleveland… Continue reading Native Plant Fall Festival

CA native plant sales this fall

Opportunities to buy CA native plants this Fall! November is a great month to plant! Saturday November 3 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (note early closing time) Springville Ranch Marketplace -The White Barn Hwy 190 & Balch Park Rd, Springville Monthly “first Saturdays” at the marketplace. **CA native plants **Climate-right, low-maintenance plants from around the… Continue reading CA native plant sales this fall

Last Month for Consultation Special

Summer Consultation Special continues through August! Read below and go here for details and contact me soon to get started on your landscape project! Summer is the best season for planning your garden, especially one that will include many California native & other Mediterranean-climate plants. Before the plants go in the ground this Autumn, there… Continue reading Last Month for Consultation Special