Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Anna Wintour’s Wild Garden

I came across a feature article by Page Dickey on this wonderful garden by landscape designer Miranda Brooks, featured in T Magazine (The New York Times Style Magazine). Such a spectacular country garden – I just had to share it with you.

Read the article.

A Fussy Garden

Our first summer with garden complete at Forsythe. Enjoying the beauty of our hard work and nature’s reward.



When planning a new garden architectural feature, I always start with Pinterest or Instagram to help inspire and vision cast. I found this wonderful little chart on Pinterest – “The World’s Greatest Catalogue of Ideas”, which provides a great quick reference on details for rafter tail profiles. Whether you’re planning a new detail on your home exterior, arbor, pergola, gate or fence detail, it’s always good to consider how that choice complements your existing home finishes.


Oh Shoot!

Working with lifestyle photographer Donna Griffith is always a pleasure. She brings something special to every project. A near perfect day started at 4:30am to catch the dawn light on the property. The preamble prep for the gardens nearly killed me, but I’m excited to see the outcome of her work and hopefully my effort paid off as well. Will keep you posted.


The Royal Botanical Outdoor Theatre of Greenery

I don’t know about you, but I often neglect the most exciting places around me. It may take a friend or family member from far away announcing a visit before I desperately start looking for things to do in the “neighbourhood”. When I travel I spend a good amount of time planning interesting destinations elsewhere, but at home, not so much.


The best gardens always have water features. Just inside The Dalglish Family Courtyard is the first of many at Rock Garden I enjoyed.

Spring is in Full Swing


Well, we planted our new garden at Forsythe last fall and so far, everything has come up green (a few minor exceptions). Very happy with the sancutary this provides us in this very urban setting.

The Town of Oakville, in true adversarial form, has provided one last surprise blow on this challenging property makeover by serving us with a short list of petty “deficiencies” that would require essentially undoing a good chunk of the back of the property, primarily to inspect what they failed to inspect earlier on, remove the pressure treated retainer boards along the back and drop the soil grade by 7″ to 10″. Extremely disheartening at this stage of the game with large trees in place.