- ART DIRECTOR’S CUT, APRIL 15
The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM. From “The Best Medicine” by Lydia Lee in the April 2021 issue, about GLS Landscape | Architecture’s new Stanford Hospital landscape, which connects patients to lush and varied gardens and orchards, aiding their recoveries. “A path with purpose.” –CHRIS
- LAMCAST: WOMEN OF COLOR AS DESIGN EDUCATION LEADERS
This spring, ASLA convened women of color leaders in architecture and landscape architecture education to discuss networks of mentorship, camaraderie, and solidarity. “Hear their Voices: Inspiring Stories from Women Leaders in Design Education” was moderated by Samantha Solano, ASLA, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The
- ART DIRECTOR’S CUT, APRIL 8
The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM. From “A Memorial for the Moment” by Timothy Schuler in the April 2021 issue, about a mass shooting memorial in Tucson, Arizona, by Chee Salette and the visual artist Rebeca Méndez that’s redefining the city’s main civic axis. “Home
- ALL THE YOUTH WE CANNOT SEE
REVIEWED BY LISA CASEY, ASLA FROM THE APRIL 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE. Connecting children to public space outdoors had a watershed moment, a clarion call, in 2005 when Richard Louv published his now classic Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. A journalist with a gift for storytelling,
- APRIL LAM: LANDSCAPE IS EVERYWHERE
FOREGROUND Carol R. Johnson, 1929–2020 (In Memoriam) In an interview from 2010, one of the first women to be awarded the ASLA Medal looked back on her trailblazing career. Keep the Commons (Preservation) Historically Black Colleges and Universities have seen their distinctive campus designs erode with time and change. A new grant
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- How to Guarantee Landscape Success by Starting with Easy Wins
Every homeowner attempting a landscape project starts out with the best intentions. Regardless of size, every project usually begins with a desire to make improvements – perhaps a redesigned garden space, or the installation of a patio, firepit, or some other hardscape feature to add versatility and opportunities for relaxation or recreation.
- 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.
- Forcing Branches
It can get addictive--bringing dormant branches into the house so they can flower early is one way to get the jump on spring. Click the link to find out how!
- My New Fave Winter Bloomer
Tired of forcing the same bulbs every winter? Let me introduce you to the Madeiran squill. Click to learn more:
- A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Book Review
A Year at Brandywine Cottage complements David Culp's previous book, The Layered Garden. They each inspire in different ways.
- 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.