- FIRE AT THE DOORSTEP
INTERVIEW BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER The Los Angeles-based designer Greg Kochanowski researches wildfire mitigation close to home. Earth is a water planet. It is also, as Stephen J. Pyne has written, a fire planet. The Earth “has held fires as long as plants have lived on land,” Pyne recently wrote in Yale Environment
- MIXED MEDIA
BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER FROM THE JANUARY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE. Gina Ford, FASLA, wants me to know that she was asked to get on Twitter. It was early 2011, and the marketing team at Sasaki, where Ford was a principal at the time, felt that the firm needed to be more
- MAKING THE BEST OF THE LEAST
BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER FROM THE JANUARY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE. If all goes according to plan, over the next year a forest will spring up in South Central Los Angeles on what today looks more like a desolate traffic island than a buildable city lot. The woodland is a vital part
- JANUARY LAM: NETWORK CONNECTIONS
FOREGROUND A Resilient Renewal (Maintenance) After Hurricane Sandy upended a planned redesign, Joanna Pertz Landscape Architecture committed to the upkeep of a flood-control landscape at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Ahead of the Curve (House Call) An artful take on an underused suburban yard by Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture turns around a few key
- FIRST ON THE GROUND
BY ZACH MORTICE Andrew Sargeant is the first Enterprise Rose Fellow from landscape architecture. For the first time in its 20-year history, Enterprise Community Partners, the nonprofit housing and advocacy organization, has selected a fellow from landscape architecture for the prestigious Rose Fellowship. The fellowship pairs early career designers with nonprofits and community organizations
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- How 2020 Encouraged Every Homeowner to Become an Empowered Gardener
This year, the normally quiet streets and neighborhoods became a bustling sight of people outside, puttering and cleaning and building in their landscapes. Nurseries and garden center shelves were stripped clean of blooming perennials, seasonal annuals, and bulbs soon after being stocked. Even Christmas trees and holiday decor sold out early this year. We saw record traffic to our landscape blog library, even when I stopped posting (it was a weird year to juggle being an employer and a blogger). To say that people felt empowered to get out into their yards feels like an understatement! So what takeaway tips will 2020 give us?
- Why now is the time to create a home vegetable garden
As the current battle against the coronavirus rages and images of wartime are invoked, memories of the famous “victory gardens” of World War I and II come to mind. During both wars, over 20 million victory gardens, large and small, were planted and produced almost 40 percent of the nation’s fresh vegetables. People grew their own produce in planters, on fire escapes, in empty lots and backyards. Today, as the pandemic takes hold around the world, panicky shoppers are cleaning out stores, and basic foods like dried beans and potatoes are becoming increasingly difficult to find. As a result, even individuals with no gardening experience are searching YouTube for DIY videos on building raised beds and planting gardens.
- The Garden Continuum Launches New Online Landscape Education Resource
We're proud to announce the launch of The Garden Continuum's new web platform called TGC Academy. This new service offers information to help landscape professionals and garden enthusiasts become better gardeners and to support business owners to grow their business. At the time of this launch, many people find themselves at home because of state and local travel restrictions caused by the spread of COVID-19. To take your mind off of these world events, this may be the perfect time to explore this new resource, to learn something new, and to inspire your next actions in your garden or business.
- How your landscape helps you manage fear and anxiety
The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting virtually everyone in different ways and degrees. One thing is for sure, though, anxiety and fear have increased across the board. Fortunately, there is a proven treatment that is as close as the nearest door to the outside.
- Book Launch: Stop Landscaping. Start Life-Scaping.
I am excited to release my new book out into the world with its official launch on this special day. March 23rd is my mother’s birthday and it’s been two years since her passing. She was an instrumental guide and teacher throughout my writing journey, editing my very first printed newsletters and encouraging me to find and own my unique voice.
- A Dahlia Grows in the Basement
Oopsie. I finally decided to figure out what was in the garbage bag in the seed-starting area of the basement, and it's a dahlia. Sprouting. Now what do I do?
- Minding the Garden: Book Review
Minding the Garden makes me pause and think about my own garden, bringing back memories of its beauty. It's also reassuring to see how Lilactree Farm has changed in thirty years--there's hope for my garden! This is a great book to give as a gift--or hint for this holiday season.
- The Galanthus Gala: Where Snowdrop Addicts Get Their Fix
Galanthus is the scientific name for snowdrops. A Galanthus Gala celebrates all things snowdrop--the friendships that arise and the snowdrops themselves. Want to know how much a galanthophile will pay for a snowdrop? Click through and read on.
- This Week Only: Both Garden Work Areas Tidy!
I am so pleased to get both of these chores done--in the same week, no less--that I just had to share it with you.
- Come Tour The Secret Garden With Me
I've been fascinated with secret gardens ever since I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My favorite part is when Mary finds the key and enters the secret garden for the first time. My garden isn't very secret until the trees leaf out, but it still feels secluded and special. I'm in a different world when I'm there. Come join me!