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July 1, 2013 3 Comments

I was walking into a meeting at a hotel last week when I saw what my path looked like. Here's a hint: your paver walk should NEVER look like a half-unzipped Members Only

February 25, 2013 0 Comments

Sometimes you work with a landscape design client and an idea pops into your head. You think "wow, this is great! I just cleverly summed up the client in a bold visual statement

October 17, 2011 1 Comment

This is a question I get quite a lot. In an ideal world, this is the order of operations: All planting areas are prepped Trees and shrubs are planted Irrigation system is installed

August 22, 2011 0 Comments

I recently spoke with someone who was looking for a retaining wall, four feet tall and ninety feet long. Before moving forward with a consultation he wanted a sense of what such a

June 27, 2011 2 Comments

Several years ago, one of the landscape contractors I've worked with in New England contacted me. He had purchased an old transmission shop and was interested in turning it into a retail garden

January 31, 2011 1 Comment

You've heard designers talk about "moving the eye through the space." That's what rhythm does. Human beings, by our very nature, look for patterns. Rhythm sets up those patterns, leading the eye to

January 25, 2011 0 Comments

Just as in residential landscape design, the first impression is key with commercial landscape design. In fact, it's even more important. After all, you'll still sit down and visit with Aunt Edna even

November 22, 2010 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_1111" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo credit: The Garden Professors Blog (click for link)"][/caption] I don't have to tell you this is bad, right? Wrong plant, wrong place and all that? Obviously you've seen

October 27, 2010 3 Comments

UPDATE! There's a new post up on planting for privacy - be sure you check it out! My name is Dave Marciniak and I hate Leyland Cypress. It's unattractive before it fills out,

August 31, 2010 2 Comments

These beauties have mostly stopped blooming at this point (although I've seen an oddball bloomer here and there), and now the big, dangly seed pods are doing their thing. Koelreuteria is a good

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