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A Favorite In Garden Design: Espalier

When I was browsing through the new June issue of Traditional Home the other night, I was struck by photos of a beautiful, English-looking garden that is in Birmingham, Alabama.  The feature that stood out to me the most in the garden design was the plants that were covering the walls and growing in a formal, trellis…… Continue reading A Favorite In Garden Design: Espalier

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A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

A dear friend brought me with her to visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens this week, and it was a treat! Lake Forest is a lovely leafy suburb about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. The home being used as the showhouse was built in 1922 and is an arts and crafts style estate designed by…… Continue reading A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

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Indoor Vertical Gardens

A design trend that I have been noticing more frequently is the inclusion of vertical gardens in interiors. Vertical gardens, often referred to as green walls, seem to be especially prevalent in urban areas where there is a shortage of open, green space. These gardens help to purify the air, absorb noise, and  cool down…… Continue reading Indoor Vertical Gardens

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Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

It is still too cold in Chicago to plant spring flowers in containers outside, but that should change in the next couple of weeks. After a long winter, containers of spring flowers by the front doors of homes are a welcome and cheerful sight! Since we live in a high-rise apartment building, I sadly don’t…… Continue reading Ideas for Spring Container Gardens