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Horticultural Therapy

river maps

Maps: Beautiful Tools at the Root of Water-Friendly Landscape Design

I may not be a certified cartophile, but I do use maps often in my practice as a landscape designer. Where and how water flows…

Don't Wait to Buy Good Gardening Tools

Don’t Wait to Buy the Best Gardening Tools

Ok, I’ll be honest with you. For years I (a one-time municipal hort tech) took a really long time to buy good tools. I was…

copse

A New Twist (on the Ancient Copse) : Multipurpose Landscape Design

Picture in your mind, your ideal woodland landscape. Perhaps there are loose grasses and wildflowers that slowly morph into small, multi-stemmed trees. Open canopies, allowing…