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10 Things To Ask Before Hiring A Landscape Designer

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  • 12 September 2017

If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to ask upfront and being familiar with the range of services these professionals provide. We reached out to four seasoned landscape professionals — Peter Reader of Peter Reader […]

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Story of a Landscape

Monument Redo Becomes a Piece of Art For Jackie Ansara, owner of Jackie Ansara Landscape Design, work on the monument to Edward D. Libbey at Woodlawn Cemetery and Arboretum in Toledo, Ohio, took more than two years, but it wasn’t because of the boxwoods and white sunpatiens. Instead, Ansara’s desire to add a glass feature […]

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Planting Ahead: The Magnificent Blossoms of Spring

Usually about this time of year, bulb catalogs start trickling in through the mail. Distracted by the current state of my garden, heady with flowers and billowing shrubs, I take a quick look and set them aside.   I’m enjoying the long, warm days of summer and the beautiful gardens for which I have labored.  […]

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Pots that Pop

Annuals are like the lipstick of plants, lots of color that lasts all season long. They are the final application that ties your landscape together and carries the garden through the season. With the last frost date within sight, let’s put together pots that pop! Planning and playing with pots for all four seasons is […]

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Through the Winter Window: Planning for Beauty all Year

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  • 07 February 2017

As I write this, it is 11 degrees outside with a wind chill of -1 degree. People often ask me, “What do you do in the winter?” I always smile, pause, and respond with some rendition of “attend conferences, work on designs, read, revisit projects and process to evaluate what worked and what didn’t, implement […]

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Recommended Reading: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Now that the heat and humidity have arrived and your family life has shifted into summer mode, the palpable mood calls you to pour a cold drink, find a comfortable spot to sit, and grab a book to take you away. I recommend Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille […]

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Taking a Vegetable Stand: The Power of Growing Your Own Food

Spring is here! Buds are swelling, bird-songs are clear, and the predictably unpredictable weather of Northwest Ohio has begun. One promise of the new season is the ability to grow and harvest our own fresh food. I like to think of this as an ‘underground’ revolution taking place in backyards everywhere. My connection with clean […]