Category Archives: Garden Design Projects

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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I Left My Heart [at the Green Wall] in San Francisco

I went to San Francisco for ten days to meet my new grandson. Of course I fell in love with him. On Saturday afternoon I took a break from family to visit the newly reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art … Continue reading

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It’s Not Tough To Be a Trough Gardener

I  joined fellow members of the Garden Club of Irvington on a recent visit to Oliver Nursery in Fairfield, CT, where we got an expert demonstration on how to plant troughs. Although “trough” is one of the weirder one-syllable words … Continue reading

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Tuteurs, Obelisks and Obsessions

A field trip on a drizzly day last spring to the Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Upper Manhattan has kept me busy all summer. The Cloisters, devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe, is surrounded by walled gardens … Continue reading

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Got Shade? Get Moss.

Once upon a time there was an area where nothing would grow. Not even vinca or pachysandra or lamium. Dark, damp, nutrient-starved from competition from the bulging roots of a giant oak tree. It’s the entrance to our back garden. … Continue reading

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The Festival of Temporary Dwellings

This is the time of year when Jews around the world erect sukkot, temporary dwellings or huts, in their back yards, patios, and rooftops. You see them on balconies in Jerusalem and Brooklyn and tucked between tall buildings in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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A Chinese Touch for Your Garden

Last week at this time, I was spending the day with my just-married son, Alex Miller, and new daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang, in the Panjiayuan Antiques Market in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. It was the unwinding-day after their big wedding bash, and … Continue reading

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A Mystical Experience

I needed to find a centerpiece of a large mixed container planting I was entering in a flower show in late June. The requirement was “at least three white-flowering plants from different genera in a 16″ terra-cotta colored pot.” Not … Continue reading

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The Coolest Decks Around

I (almost) never re-post anything from other people’s blogs, but today’s post on urbangardensweb.com is just too cool. So many great ideas. Don’t you wish you were here right now?

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Make Your Own “Holly Days” Arrangements

Yesterday I attended a gala “Holly Days’ event hosted by our local garden club. The highlight was an auction of holiday centerpieces and decorations made by club members at a workshop earlier in the week. They sold for $100 to … Continue reading

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The Great American Garage—Before and After

How green is your garage? Is it an organizational nightmare? Are the shelves filled with old paint cans and toxic pesticides? Is it where you store your trusty leaf-blower? Do you own expensive, seldom-used tools that could be borrowed and … Continue reading

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UrbanGardensWeb.com

Allow me to introduce you to another cool garden blog, Urban Gardens: “Unlimited Thinking for Limited Spaces.” The site is the brainchild of Robin Plaskoff Horton, who collects delicious posts from all over the Internet about finding, creating, and experiencing … Continue reading

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And They Won the Grand Prize

NEWS FLASH: Actor/comedian Rich Kiamco and environmental/graphic designer David Gibson (see story below) won the Grand Prize in this year’s Catskill Harvest “MY CATSKILLS GARDEN” contest! Here, here: “A $500 gift certificate to Rich Kiamco and David Gibson For their … Continue reading

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On Their Farm They Had a Buddha… and a Berry Patch

One of the most talented gardeners I know is Rich Kiamco, an actor and comedian who shares both a house in Jersey City (with city garden) and a county house in the Catskills (with farm) with environmental/graphic designer David Gibson. … Continue reading

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In the Hamptons: from the Madoo Conservancy to Marders

Sagaponack: The Madoo Conservancy The abstract-expressionist painter Robert Dash (b. 1934) has spent the past 44 years transforming two acres of Sagaponack farmland into an original, quirky maze of garden follies and styles. The property, the Madoo Conservancy, at 618 … Continue reading

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Three Remsenburg Gardens

Cottage Garden Riding your bike around, waving at people working in their beautiful gardens, and hopping off to say hello and admire their handiwork is a good way to make new friends, learn a lot, and see places you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Jersey-licious

In the 25 or so years I’ve known my brother-in-law, Phil Rabinowitz, principal of The Architectural Group, Paterson, NJ, he and his wife Bobbie have renovated three houses in Franklin Lakes. Renovated is not the right word. Completely transformed is … Continue reading

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All Decked Out

It’s more than an outdoor room, it’s an outdoor apartment. Eighteen years ago, after living for ten years each in an 18th Street studio and a Mercer Street one-bedroom loft, I found myself dreaming almost every night about houses and … Continue reading

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A Perfect Place to Pot

Toddlers have their Little Tykes kitchens. I have my potting counter, a grown-up place to play in the dirt. It was designed in 2001 as part of a carport – tool shed – potting place – greenhouse unit that stands … Continue reading

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