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Published! A Feature on Davis Dalbok

Are you familiar with the design work of Davis Dalbok? If you're an enthusiastic garden maker, chances are you have. You can now get inside his head, thanks to Landscape Marketing Experts writer Megan Padilla, who contributes to Garden Design magazine regularly. Once an editor for the magazine and now a frequent contributor, Megan has an insider's view of the world of gardens a [...]

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Published! Feature With Biosphere Nursery

A few months ago, I posted to the blog about my visit to a small native plant nursery in Winter Garden, Florida. Since then, I pitched and wrote a feature about gardening the natural way in Central Florida, and I was able to spend quality time with the knowledgeable team at Biosphere Nursery, and they figured magically into the story. The feature was just published in the Ap [...]

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Getting Social at KBIS

The Modenus X Design Milk Social Lounge provided a place for new media pros to cool their heels, connect, and learn at KBIS 2017 For the first time, KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) featured a space where influencers, bloggers, and social media professionals could recharge and connect. First of all, you might ask, what does that have to do with gardens? Answer: KBIS [...]

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Biosphere Nursery: A New Story

A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to a really cool little nursery in Winter Garden called Biosphere Nursery. My mom was looking for some plants for her backyard, and I was just hanging out. While I was strolling between the Florida natives and Florida-friendly non-invasives (the only two options at Biosphere), I spotted a gorgeous mound of something called Scorpion's Tail. [...]

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Get Published: Create a Garden Feature Story

Most garden designers want to get their work published. (That's mostly true. I once met a garden designer in Texas who had so much work that she had stopped taking new business and didn't want to publicize her services. What a great problem to have!) There are many avenues to getting your garden feature published. You may know a magazine scout or garden writer who can pitch you [...]

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What the 2017 Garden Trends Report Means For Your Business

When you hear the phrase garden trends report you might think, “But my clients aren’t trend chasers.” Garden Media Group’s annual trend report isn’t about that. It’s about observing areas of growth in our industry, and giving you free access to consumer information that will drive business in 2017. Here are a few highlights that are especially meaningful for gard [...]

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How My Latest Story on Water Features Came Together

Most days, I'm immersed in marketing projects for our clients. Many of them are in the landscape design field, and I thoroughly enjoy creating strategies for them so they can expand their reach and grow their businesses. Once in a while, I get an editorial writing project, like the assignment from Orlando Magazine on water features. I reached out to friends in the industry for [...]

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Garden Designers, Share What You Know

Last year I wrote a piece full of tips for adding style and personalization to backyards, emphasizing that every material and every surface is an opportunity to make your yard your own. The ideas came from garden designers that I've known for years, people who daily invest their knowledge and creativity in other people's gardens (plus their own!). One of the ideas in my Orla [...]

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Small Space Gardens and the Influence of Modernism

I've got small garden spaces on the brain--specifically in areas that are adjacent to the house, condo or apartment. Many people don't have more space to work with than a porch or terrace, and if they do have more space, they tend to spend most of their time close to the house anyway. To address these realities, I'm talking to landscape designers and architects and listening to [...]

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New issue of Landscape Architecture is Compelling

Lisa Gimmy’s story on the Lovelace Garden, designed by Isabelle Greene, FASLA, is in the current issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. The garden is best known for its beautiful swimming pool. Greene pioneered the use of natural stone in swimming pools and spas, and the Lovelace pool is one of her masterworks. The article focuses on Greene’s design process, which res [...]

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A Pond in Sarasota

I was going to tell the story of the year I lived in Sarasota, the gardens I discovered there, and the beauty of the natural landscape. But this week I met Ana Bowers online, and fell in love with the pictures she sent me of her Sarasota garden. Sometimes pictures tell the story best. I suspect you might fall in love with this garden, too.     &nb [...]

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I Fancy a Garden Shed

One of the best things that came out of my time as Editor of American Photo magazine was a deep love for Flickr, a photography site that I search a few times a week. American Photo had a partnership with Flickr at that time, so I made it a point to get to know the ins and outs of what Flickr has to offer. Anyone can store and share their photos on Flickr, so professionals, p [...]

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What Folly!

My sister was walking by a lake called Pühajärv near Otepää in Estonia and came upon this old rowboat planted with flowers. Lately I've been reaping the benefits of her photography and her good eye. She snapped a photo and sent it to me, and inadvertently inspired this post. She got me thinking about garden follies and how they came to be. First off, a folly is an archi [...]

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Hanging with the Horticult

A few months ago my editor mentioned the Horticult (a.k.a. Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit) and thought it would be a good idea to reach out to them. I was all in. Their blog documents their garden-immersed lifestyle, their hands-on approach to making their garden their own, and the amazing d.i.y. creations that earned them Better Homes & Gardens Best Gardening Blog sta [...]

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A Path to the Garden

I don't have much of a garden. My lame excuse is that the shady slope in my back yard isn't conducive to gardening, and I don't have a front yard. Someday I'll get serious and terrace the hill that leads down to the lake, and plant a ton of tropicals back there. For now, I have containers beside the garage, back door and on the patio. I water them sometimes. Our two migh [...]

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A Garden Design Called Piña Colada

I had the best conversation with landscape architect Michelle Derviss last week. She has her own design studio and has created many Bay Area gardens, but it's the one in her own backyard in Novato, CA, that we discussed. Over a decade ago, Michelle was dealing with some serious health challenges, and needed a place to completely relax and recover. She decided to echo elemen [...]

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Fair Game for a Guerrilla Garden

My sister, who lives in Tallinn, Estonia, emailed me a photo a couple weeks ago. I looked at it and thought, why did she email me a picture of a chain link fence? I knew there had to be a good reason, because she's an intentional human being, a very thoughtful one, actually. A few more seconds of looking and I recognized her reasoning: hanging on that chain link fence was a fl [...]

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The Hidden Gardens of Villa Aquina

My husband and I just returned from Acapulco where he competed in a waterski tournament. The event was hosted by Gordon and Gabriela Rathbun, and we had the chance to spend quite a bit of time at their beautiful home Villa Aquina in the La Cima subdivision, which is high on a hill overlooking Acapulco Bay. Like many of the grand residences in La Cima, gardens are designed [...]

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It’s Flower Time at Epcot

Living in Orlando, I've felt a little weird when people from other states think of my town as synonymous with Disney. Twenty-one years into my tenure, I've only been to Disney three or four times, and I'm deeply immersed in the food, public parks, creative professional community and lake life that make Orlando such a great place for locals. I wouldn't exactly say I've been av [...]

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Basket of Bulbs Giveaway

My friends at DutchGrown.com are sponsoring SUCH a fantastic giveaway this month, valued at $100. I only wish it made sense for me to enter myself, because I covet bulbs like nobody's business. But where I live in Florida, most of these bulbs just won't make it. For those of you in the right zones, here's what's on the table: - 3 Calla Bulbs - 3 Trumpet Lily Bulbs - 3 Gladio [...]

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