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December 15, 2015 0 Comments

Over the years I've had hundreds of clients come my way, asking for a patio or a kitchen or a retaining wall or new plantings or... whatever. Some have even considered materials and

December 10, 2015 0 Comments

There are no shortage of posts out there telling you when you should hire a landscape designer. Heck, I wrote one, “Do I really need a landscape designer?” way back in 2010. And

December 3, 2015 2 Comments

Last week I wrote my post "What is it like to be a landscape designer?" and it occurred to me that every designer has come via a different path and does things a

December 1, 2015 0 Comments

I was a voracious reader as a child. It didn't matter what you put in front of me, if it had letters imprinted upon it I would read it. Books, magazines, cereal boxes,

November 20, 2015 0 Comments

Ah, autumn. Crisp, cool nights, apple cider donuts at the farmers markets, the crunch of leaves underfoot… and the infernal, deafening, aggravating noise that accompanies every fall season. I refer, of course, to

October 21, 2015 1 Comment

Several months ago I got a call to do a Bristow landscape design project (for those not in the know, Bristow is a little town in Prince William County, Virginia). The client, Janice,

October 13, 2015 0 Comments

Pizza is good. Pizza done on the grill is better. The absolute best pizza you could hope to have is made in a wood-fired pizza oven. We all know that. But why? The

September 21, 2015 0 Comments

One of the benefits of being quite possibly The Most Approachable Guy in the World is I get into a lot of conversations. When these conversations are with folks from the gardening community, and

September 18, 2015 0 Comments

The great thing about this time of year is that the days are cooler (well mostly, it's supposed to hit 87 today), the humidity drops, and we start to shake free from summer's

September 12, 2015 2 Comments

When I design a landscape there’s an order of operations that I always follow. Hardscape elements (decks, patios, walls, etc) get designed first, followed by trees, and then shrubs and perennials. The reason