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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, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Photo taken a few years ago with iPhone 1 at Casa Azul, Coyoacán, México, DF. Photo taken the other day with iPhone5 at the Frida show at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY.If you love succulents and containers, don’t … Continue reading

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”Blue” Entry Wins Blue Ribbon

Part of the joy of being a member of a garden club is growing plants and creating mixed plantings for horticulture competitions. I’m the horticulture co-chair of the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson, NY (GCI), which in turn is a member … Continue reading

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A Walk Down the Road

There are still patches of snow on our lawn. Yesterday, I woke up to a fresh coating of white all over everything. Around here, in the New York City suburbs, everybody wants to know when winter will be over. Many … Continue reading

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It’s Spring! (in Northern California)

The snow is falling again in the Northeast, and I look out at the fading light in my garden, which is two colors: the gray of the tree trunks and branches and the white of the snow. In San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Julia Child’s Kitchen

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, there was nothing I wanted to do more than visit Julia’s kitchen at the new Smithsonian National Museum of American History on the Capitol Mall. The museum has the vibe of the office … Continue reading

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Kiku at The New York Botanical Garden

An Immortal’s Elixir Chrysanthemum dew: Lift it up. Take a big sip And you will be immortal Not aging, not dying! –displayed on the Botanical Garden’s Poetry Walk   Kiku means chrysanthemum in Japanese, I’ve learned, and this is chrysanthemum-viewing … Continue reading

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A Chinese Garden in a New York Backyard

At the end of May, I took my daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang Miller, to see the garden of the newest member of the Garden Club of Irvington, Dongkai Zhen. Dongkai, left, has lived Westchester County, New York, for 24 years. She … Continue reading

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