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About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.

And the Winner Is…

Dear Readers: I’ve been so busy gardening and with the Garden Club of Irvington Flower Show that I haven’t had time to post. Alas! I’ll post lots of pictures of our beautiful flower (and plant) show very soon, but I … Continue reading

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Here, Near the Corner of Deertrack Lane and Whitetail Road

Our deer fencing and compost heaps made it to the New York Times.

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The Most Colorful Day of the Year

Sometimes we feel so lucky to live in this beautiful spot only 35 minutes north of Grand Central Terminal.

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Climate Change = More Color

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It’s Not Tough to Make a Trough Garden

It just takes a little patience. The Garden Club of Irvington is having a flower and plant show next May and I’ve entered the category called “Alpine Garden Troughs or Containers: A collection of three or more of the following … Continue reading

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Propagate your Plants!

This is the big clean-up season before winter sets in. We’re all raking leaves, cutting back perennials, cleaning pots and tools and putting them away until next spring, and tossing out annuals. But wait, before you toss all the plants … Continue reading

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Stop and Smell the Roses

On the way back to the subway from a client meeting yesterday I tiptoed into Bloomingdale’s. I didn’t get any farther than the main entrance, where this arrangement welcomed me, knocked my briefcase and umbrella out of my hand, and … Continue reading

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