Update on Impatiens Downy Mildew

Remember that little rumor about impatiens? That there is something out there bent on tracking down, torturing, and destroying all traces of the genus? Well, not exactly, but there is something that’s keeping some of our more commonly used colorful little friends from blooming like they should be. It’s called Impatiens Downy Mildew, and it isRead more

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What does a travertine paver patio cost in Virginia?

Sometimes my posts are witty and go off on tangents. This time, however, I’m answering a question I get a fair bit. How much is a travertine paver patio in Virginia (or Maryland, or DC)? Short answer: it depends. But I’m verbose, so here’s the long answer: For travertine dry-laid over a concrete slab (moreRead more

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The Revolutionary Gardens Team is Growing! (see what I did there?)

Hi Everyone! My name is Erin-Amanda Schulz, and I’m the new landscape design assistant here at Revolutionary Gardens. I’ll be helping Dave out in the field and in the office with things like site analyses, blog posts, design work, and anything else that could use an extra set of hands. You name it. As youRead more

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What Makes Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry So Great?

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 firstRead more

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Replacing Storm Damaged Trees in Virginia, Maryland, or DC

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 (orRead more

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When are your landscape design preferences stupid and wrong?

First, some background as to what made me think of this post. When I’m avoiding work, I like to browse the discussion threads over on Houzz.com. I consider it a lazy form of consumer research, because you get a bunch of homeowners talking anonymously on a forum and you can really see what’s important toRead more

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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 takeRead more

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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 outdoorRead more

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8 Simple Tricks to Get More From Your Landscape in 2014

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? WouldRead more

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

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 thinkRead more

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