Miss Kim – A lilac for smaller spaces


Ferry Farm, the birthplace of George Washington, has what I consider to be “old fashioned” lilacs. They’re huge, sprawling, rangy things that look absolutely amazing on bigger properties where they have room to do what they do. But if you try to squish one or two in a tight subdivision lot, the results can be […]

What Makes Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry So Great?

outdoor kitchen cabinetry

In the past year I decided to become a dealer for Danver stainless steel cabinets. I get approached many times a year by companies who want me to hawk their products, so what made me decide to take this opportunity? First and foremost, these cabinets appeal to me as a designer. I built my first […]

Replacing Storm Damaged Trees in Virginia, Maryland, or DC

Ice damage tree Virginia

Well, it looks like Winter Storm Titan!!! (cue dramatic music) is fizzling out already, but that’s not to say it didn’t bring ice and snow with it. Luckily it’s still early enough that deciduous trees haven’t leafed out yet so those should be ok, but ice and snow are heavy. What if your tree (or […]

How 40 Pounds of Dog Has Changed My Plans for 10,000 sq ft of Yard


I finally wore Mindy down this fall and we adopted a dog. This is my sweetheart Bonnie, a German Shorthair Pointer (GSP) mix who came to us via the Mid-Atlantic GSP Rescue. Say hi, Bonnie!   Anyone who’s met me knows it’s no secret that I’m an animal lover. Pets are something I always take […]

Can a Built-In Charcoal Grill Be Installed in an Outdoor Kitchen?


I’m a charcoal snob. It’s one of the reasons why I really only deal with the higher end gas grills, because an infra-red sear burner is the only way to get the same sort of awesome heat that comes pre-loaded with a bag of charcoal. It begs the question, why don’t we see more outdoor […]

8 Simple Tricks to Get More From Your Landscape in 2014

GSP Bonnie

It seems odd to write something about outdoor enjoyment on a day when temps have been in the single digits, but let’s go with it! Obviously there’s no end to the major changes that can make a huge difference in the landscape, but what if there were small ones that could make a difference? Would […]

Why Landscape Design for Plant Collectors is So Haaaaaaaaard (and How to Make a Cohesive Collection)

"I know I signed the design contract a week ago but I got bored and found these. Can you work these in too?"

One can break landscape design clients into general categories. There are the “I don’t care whatever you want” types; the ones who are excited about the project and invested in the result but only really care about what I think is important to their yard; and then there are the plant collectors. You might think […]