Author: Writing Team

  • Colors from borrowed space

    Colors from borrowed space

    Sometimes it makes sense to choose your backyard design colors based on the borrowed space. Borrowed space is that part of your garden that you don’t own … it is the property or views beyond your garden that increase the joy of your space but are not your property. They can be distant views of […]

  • How to work with a garden designer for less money

    How to work with a garden designer for less money

    We just wrapped up a phase one project with a homeowner and realized it was the perfect example of how to get the most of a garden designer for le

  • Garden ideas for Tacoma and Olympia

    Garden ideas for Tacoma and Olympia

    We came back from the 2021 Portland Landscape Architecture + Design Tour with some great pictures to help you with some design choices in your own garden. We managed to see eight of the nine gardens on display (we had six hours to do it and some gardens were 30 minutes of more apart from […]

  • We added an ideabook on Houzz

    We added an ideabook on Houzz

    See our post on layered gardens … here

  • Gnome Walk in Maple Valley

    Gnome Walk in Maple Valley

    This half-mile walk in Maple Valley features hundreds of gnomes of all shapes and sizes.

  • 3-D mock ups

    3-D mock ups

    One of the great things about designing gardens is showing clients what there gardens can become using 3-D pictures and drawings. This really helps a homeowner imagine the options. We use Vectorworks for our CAD system but also add other elements via Canva to build out a bigger picture. Below are some examples of these.

  • Flowers of Europe

    Flowers of Europe

    Despite this being the second summer with Covid, Europe still beckons. And what better way to go maskless than to be outside amongst the flowers. These are cities along the Rhine, and they are bursting with city flowers. Enjoy!

  • A layered garden

    A layered garden

    Here are some before and after photos of a project in Steilacoom. The client wanted a fully layered garden which was super fun to create.

  • Garden Devotionals

    Garden Devotionals

    Want to get closer to God in your garden? Check out my new podcast of favorite garden devotionals. Go HERE

  • Benefits of an informal garden

    Benefits of an informal garden

    informal gardens, those mimicking the “natural world,” are more restorative than formal spaces.