Looking to learn more about landscape design, construction and drafting?
Heather Heimarck, a long-time friend to City Garden Ideas and the director of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College, sent along the Institute’s Summer Course catalog – Summer 2013 COURSE OFFERINGS
Check out the short, hands-on classes at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley. Think about attending the course by painter and a historian, Ma Qingxiong. Students learn about Chinese landscape design and try their hand at doing oriental brushwork. Take a look at Ma’s website http://www.maqingxiong.com
The Institute is offering many other courses including a three-week introduction to design intensive, M-F, in July. Heather says it can be very rich to immerse oneself that way. If you have any questions, call 617 585 0100. Be well!
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Tagged Boston Architectural College, City Garden Ideas, Expert Advice, Heather Heimarck, Landscape Design Courses, Landscape Institute
First of several posts. Lots to share!
The Seaport World Trade Center was abuzz yesterday morning with gardeners putting the finishing touches on their Flower Show displays. The show opens today, March 13.
I dodged a forklift, piles of soil and a Zipcar backing into place but the activity did not interfere with my sense of enchantment. The garden displays this year are rich – in color, design and size. Beautiful flowers and trees are nestled along stone walls, patio spaces and above moon gates. The sound of water is everwhere – in falls, pools, fountains and spouts. There are parrots, hens, a rooster and a pair of sleek grey birds that look like small emus. And there are plenty of hidden flower delights if you look keenly, like fairy houses near Hobbit holes and gentle beds of helleborus.
There are a several small displays. The window gardens in the back of the main hall are delightful as is the Massachusetts Horticultural’s old-time flower display, complete with wash board and clothes on a line. Overall, every display is evokes a smile and a deep inhale.
The Show’s first display as you enter the hall shows garden entertainment at its finest. It’s a lush, multi-section outdoor patio with a man-sized BBQ grill and stone bar with table seating for four and more at the bar. It took me a minute to take in and appreciate the surrounding garden but there’s no denying I’d love to have this look in my back yard (if I had one). The BBQ space flows to a raised covered patio section with comfy chairs, a fireplace and two waterfall chutes splashing into a pool. The chutes really got my attention. Overall, the display and its beautiful and lavish flowers and trees set the mood for a perfect summer evening.
One of my favorite displays at the Show is another outdoor patio surrounded by lush, aromatic plants. Designed by Maria at Interiors by MS, the focal point is a vertical garden of herbs and geraniums with a water feature of four simple copper spouts splashing into a large pool. Maria told me that a vertical garden can reduce the temperature around it by 15 – 20 degrees. Comfortable, earth-toned furniture sit low and humble under a stained-glass pergola. There is a pleasing, subtle aromas coming from the lavender, mint, roses and more that ring the relaxed space. I could so live in this space. That’s it for now. I’ll share more pictures and details in my next post.
This year’s Boston Flower Show delivers on the sights and sounds of Spring. It opens today, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 17. Go if you can!
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Tagged Boston Flower Show, City Garden Ideas, Expert Advice, Flower Design, Small space gardening
It’s almost time for the Boston Flower & Garden Show! I must admit I get so excited when the show opens. It’s like going to Oz. First it’s that lovely, earthy smell of mulch as you walk through the doors. Then the vivid carpets of color from flowers in full bloom bunched close, overflowing from pots, arranged neatly. Somewhere close by water is splashing from a fountain or waterfall. And the people are abuzz – walking, talking, oohing, aahhing and yes, shopping. The show always delivers inspiration and gets me all jazzed with new ideas for my own garden.
The Boston Flower Show returns to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston this week! It opens to the winter-weary public on Wednesday, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 17, 2013.
This year’s theme is ‘Seeds of Change’ and will showcase new plants, methods and materials to increase the beauty, bounty and the ecological friendliness of gardens and outdoor spaces.
Since I’m a member of the Garden Writers of America, I plan to visit the show on March 12th during the Media tour. I’ll write a ‘first look’ blog post with photos later that day. Just for City Garden Ideas readers like you!
Tickets to the show are $20 for adults and $10 for children. To buy tickets, click here.
Sorry for the short notice but there is a great panel discussion tonight (March 6th) at the Boston Public Library called “So You want to be a Landscape Architect…or Landscape Designer.”
The event is free and the discussion will take place at the Boston Public Library Orientation room from 6pm-7:30pm. Three landscape architects and two landscape designers at different points in their careers will discuss their education, practices, and thoughts about the field.
Heather Heimarck, Director of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College, will moderate. For anyone interested in landscape design, this event is not to be missed!
Hello all and happy 2013!
Are you familiar with vertical gardening? The practice has been around for decades but interest in it has been growing for the past several years.
Living wall planter by Pamela Crawford
Vertical gardening differs from walls of ivy. We’re talking about self sufficient living walls of plants that get their water and nutrients within a vertical structure and not from the ground.
I’ve loved the idea of vertical gardening for years… even before I knew it had that name. Perhaps it’s because Boston has so many flat brick walls facing the alleys in the Back Bay where I live. I always imagined something beautiful could be done with these blank canvasses. Wouldn’t it be great to see the walls flowering in the summer with morning glories, mandevillas or hibiscus? Ah, what a delightful sight that would be!
Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc
So when I read about Patrick Blanc, the inventor of the Vertical Garden, speaking on April 24th at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston called “The Vertical Garden: Biological Design and Urban Architecture”, I immediately bought tickets to attend. I also bought another two tickets to give away to one lucky City Garden Ideas reader who is interested in vertical gardens.
That’s where the contest comes in. Here’s what to do:
Hanging Gardens in Miami by Patrick Blanc
Comment on this post by March 15th and tell me – in 100 words or less – why you want to attend this vertical gardening lecture.
- Tell a story about an experience you had with vertical gardening
- Share something that inspires you about vertical gardening
- Let me know why you want to learn more.
Patrick Blanc says he’ll reveal ‘his methods for transforming naked walls with nature.” This I have to see! Hope you’ll enter to win or just buy tickets through the MFA.
And remember, Spring begins March 20th and it’s getting closer every day!
Other contest information:
One entry per person. Entries will be reviewed and one winner will be chosen on March 22nd. The decision of the judge (that’s me) is final.
At the May 5th City Garden Ideas workshop, Ellen Abdow, the owner of Perennial Gardens, created a container garden before our eyes.
Now you can see it too… Click to watch and be inspired: http://youtu.be/snZwENQ7u1o.
Ellen chose a fiberglass pot and these plants to create the container garden:
- a purple calla lily in the center as her tall “thriller”
- begonias and impatiens to provide a bushy middle as the “filler”
- and healthy ivy to trail down the pot as her “spiller.”
Ellen generously offered the container garden as a raffle item at the end of the workshop. Congratulations to Liz K. who won the container and provided the picture above.
Enjoy your garden!
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Tagged cold weather perennials, container gardens, Ellen Abdow, Expert Advice, Gardening Basics, Gardening Workshop, Window Boxes
Come join us this Saturday, May 5th for two hours of gardening inspiration!
We’ll meet at 10am at 66 Marlborough Street in Boston. There will be a bunch of new and avid gardeners gathered in the auditorium of the First Church in Boston.
Come hear Ellen Abdow, the talented owner of Perennial Gardens. She’ll share her insights and experiences about planting in urban environments. She’ll also create a fabulous container garden in front of our eyes! A demonstration not to be missed!
Tom Smarr from The Garden Concierge will inspire us with the basics – tools, soil and plants for every season. He’ll also talk about the hottest trend in gardening these days – vertical gardening. Here in the city we have plenty of walls – alleys, roof decks, patios. Perhaps “going vertical” is something new to try…
Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired! Come discover the secrets to maintaining a beautiful and hardy flower garden – in whatever space you have!
Cost is $25. Tickets available at the door.
For more information, go to http://citygardening.eventbrite.com. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you on Saturday!
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Tagged City Garden Ideas, City gardening, Ellen Abdow, Expert Advice, Flower Design, Gardening Basics, Gardening Workshop, Small space gardening, urban gardening
I wanted to share a bio on Ellen Abdow, the smart and dynamic owner of Perennial Gardens, a landscape firm in Boston. She’ll share helpful gardening advice and will create a gorgeous container garden right before our eyes at the May 5th “Gardening Experts Speak! Tips for a Successful City Garden.” Come join us! Sign up today at citygardening.eventbrite.com.
Ellen is the founder of Perennial Gardens, LLC, a landscape design and build firm with clients throughout New England. The firm has a diverse portfolio and Ellen and her expert team have cultivated a reputation for careful plant selection, imaginative composition and skilled installation.
Ellen brings 18 years of knowledge to each and every project. She first got bitten by the gardening bug while teaching at Brookline High School and subsequently went to work at one of the area’s most respected nurseries. There she expanded her love and knowledge of perennials before launching her own firm. Today she gets great pleasure from helping clients hone their own personal garden visions and adapting these ideas in ways that will best suit their particular properties and lifestyles. Her work can be seen in numerous garden tours, on a walk through Boston’s Back Bay, or on line at perennialgardens.net.
Come hear gardening wisdom from Ellen! Sign up today for the May 5th workshop!
Register at citygardening.eventbrite.com. Cost is just $25.
Hope to see you there!!
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Tagged City Garden Ideas, City gardening, cold weather perennials, container gardens, Ellen Abdow, Expert Advice, Flower Design, Gardening Workshop, Small space gardening, urban gardening, Window Boxes
Let me introduce you to Tom Smarr.
He is a smart and seasoned horticulturalist who will offer great gardening advice and practical tips on Saturday, May 5th as part of the “Gardening Experts Speak! Tips for a Successful City Garden.”
For information or to register, go to http://citygardening.eventbrite.com.
Tom was the first expert to be featured at Citygardenideas.com. His interview can be found in the site’s Expert Advice tab.
Tom is a experienced professional with more than a decade of experience in horticulture, botanic gardens, conservation and sustainable landscaping. He currently works for The Garden Concierge, a residential landscape company in Boston.
Tom studied at several notable public gardens including:
– Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania
– The Holden Arboretum in Ohio, and
– Washington Park Arboretum/Center for Urban Horticulture in Washington.
He holds a graduate degree in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tom worked for several years as a professional horticulturalist and Horticulture Director at the New England Wild Flower Society’s native plant botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, famous for its extensive native plant collection. Tom then began the horticulture organic maintenance program for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, a vibrant public park in downtown Boston on top of the famous Big Dig managed by the RFK Greenway Conservancy.
Tom is committed to the preservation of our cultural landscapes through sensible design, horticulture practices, and public education. He is dedicated to the principle that landscapes should not only be beautiful and functional, but should contribute to a healthy ecology.
Up next, information on Ellen Abdow, owner of Perennial Gardens. She’ll be presenting at the May 5th workshop too. She’ll create a gorgeous container garden right before our eyes and offer insights into the hottest trends in gardening.
To register for the May 5th event, go to http://citygardening.eventbrite.com.
Hope to see you on then!
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Tagged City gardening, Expert, Expert Advice, Favorite Garden Flowers, Gardening Workshop, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Small space gardening, The Garden Concierge, Tom Smarr, urban gardening
Come get great advice and a dose of inspiration to make this year’s flower garden your best yet!
Join us Saturday, May 5th from 10am to noon for a lively, information-rich workshop called “Gardening Experts Speak! Tips for a Successful City Garden.”
This second annual City Garden Ideas event will be held in the auditorium of First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, at the corner of Berkeley and Marlborough.
Our featured speakers are talented, professional horticulturalists: Ellen Abdow, owner of Perennial Gardens, and Tom Smarr, The Garden Concierge and former Superintendent of Horticulture at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. What can you expect? Plenty!
Ellen will create a beautiful container garden right before your eyes. She’ll share gardening wisdom and offer insights into the hottest trends. Tom will offer up gardening basics on tools, soil, sun and choosing plants that thrive in every season. He’ll also talk about vertical gardening. That’s when blooms go up and up.
Register at http://citygardening.eventbrite.com. The cost is just $25! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, loads of handouts and door prizes! This event is not to be missed!
If you have questions, call 617-267-6500 or email me at email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
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Tagged City Garden Ideas, container gardens, Ellen Abdow, Expert, Expert Advice, Favorite Garden Flowers, Gardening Basics, Gardening Workshop, Perennial Gardens, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Small space gardening, The Garden Concierge, Tom Smarr, Window Boxes