Category: General Philosophy

Made in Shade – Getting Started

This winter I am working on designs for the upcoming season and attending seminars and lectures here and there (busy and happy).   A number of my upcoming projects involve shady areas, so I have been thinking about shade gardens a lot.  I also had the pleasure of hearing Ken Druse, one the shade garden gurus, […]

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Man versus Nature – What is a garden anyway?

Garden Therapy Column – January 2018 This is the time of year when it is hardest for me to get excited about writing a garden column.   After finally finishing (or not!) all of the tasks associated with the end of the season, I am inclined to wax on again about how much I love winter […]

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Balance – The Ongoing Struggle

Garden Therapy Column – September 2018 Balance is one of those “mushy” topics that can be tricky to discuss. It has very different colors in different contexts.  While it is pretty clear when trying to stay on the beam or wire, in other scenarios it can be much more subjective.  Struggling for a little balance […]

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Return of the Slippery Slope – Part 2

Garden Therapy Column – May 2017 Last month I discussed the challenges of the grade changes that make our Catskill properties so beautiful and yet oh so maddening at times.  The steeper and larger the slope, the tougher and more costly the solutions, especially when it comes to larger scale situations like house and driveway […]

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The Slippery Slopes – Part 1

Garden Therapy Column – April 2017 It is déjà vu all over again.  Last month when I sat down to write my column, the winds were howling, the snow was blowing and there was about 14 inches of snow on the ground.  Since then the snow subsided, we had some nice weather and I even […]

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