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On color: wise words from Mrs. Whaley

We spent five (rather wet) days in Charleston recently to attend the Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. As usual, I picked up a book as my souvenir: Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden (1997). I knew nothing about the late Mrs. Whaley or her garden, and didn’t get to see it during my visit, […]

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How to build a luxury bug hotel

When I happened upon this structure on way out of Stowe, during my first English garden-tour in spring 2013, I assumed it was a sculpture. So I snapped this picture. Absolutely gorgeous! Eventually, I learned that the sculpture had a primarily practical purpose: it’s a bug hotel. A “luxury” bug hotel. (And, in England, that’s […]

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How to be a better gardener — instantly

As a personal/executive coach, I find myself repeatedly reminding people that there are no silver bullets. But, alas, I’ve discovered an exception to the rule, as the new stone work at our 100+-year-old Austin home has been completed: If you want a more beautiful garden, then reconstruct your hardscaping! Before, a mongrel mixture of cracked […]

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