Of course when it comes to gardens the British often lead the show. I recently came across the work of Dan Pearson, British Landscape Architect & Garden Designer. Dan and his studio are doing some remarkable garden design work that I find most inspirational.
Over the holidays there was much binge watching and one of the series I most enjoyed was the ever knowledgeable Monty Don taking me touring through some of the most interesting and stunning gardens of Italy.
If you live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) or you’re planning a visit, put this place on the calendar: the “epic” Restoration Hardware at Yorkdale Mall. Even if you’re not a big fan of their product, it’s worth a visit to see this remarkable retail edifice, not to mention grab a delicious lunch at their RH Courtyard Cafe.
I came across Beth Dow’s work a few months ago and then more recently. I particularly loved here series called, “In The Garden”. Something about the tones and texture of the images and the way she frames a shot I find completely captivating. Beth has an eye for irony. The way she frames a shot I find completely captivating. Beth has an eye for irony.
A great idea from Family Handyman for capturing roof waste water and repurposing it for plants and garden areas. Of course there are different ways to do this, but I thought this was smart and I liked the illustration.
Last year I purchased a 100’ garden hose from Home Hardware that boasted on its package to be the “world’s best garden hose” and was assured by the clerk at the store that it was their most popular. It became apparent after a long arduous, very frustrating, nearly comedic, unravelling of this $100 product – a dollar a foot of sheer torment to try and straighten out – that it was in fact the world’s worst garden hose. I was so frustrated, but let it go too long, hoping it would limber up and be more cooperative after some usage. Such was not the case. I gave it away this year.
In a city known for its extraordinary wealth it shouldn’t be too surprising that Singapore’s gardens exceed not only budget imaginations, but creative expectations as well. Our former Creative Director has been working for Disney in Singapore and it came to my attention that Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay are worth taking a look at. Unfortunately I haven’t seen them in person yet, but thanks to some research I’m able to give you a heads up on this mind-blowing botanical development extravaganza. Who knows, maybe it will serve to inspire your own modest adaptations by way of inspiration this spring.