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Educating, Inspiring, and Encouraging

We all need it. Without it we would find life to be boring and mundane. We look for it in different places…magazines, T.V. programs, seminars, books, podcasts, conversations, and even social media. To be inspired, encouraged, and educated takes effort on our part.  It is not just going to come knocking at your door.  You […]

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The Opportunity of Stewardship

I read a blog post by Tara Dillard last night, and it resonated with my heart on how I feel about my home landscape as well as why I became a garden designer. It makes my heart smile to think of the opportunity we have to take care of our landscapes. Here is just a […]

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My Bedroom Window

This summer has been unbearable with all of the triple digit temperatures and lack of water.  Gardening was not for the faint of heart this season. I found myself inside looking out at my gardens during most of the day.  Which made me analyze the window views of my gardens. Most of the views were pretty […]

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A Walk to Your Front Door

  Ding Dong!We have all had that unexpected guest arrive and thought… “I wonder what the front door area looks like?” Most people leave and arrive to their homes through the garage entry.  We do not use our front door area very often (unless you are like me and only have room for one car […]

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Bulky… or.. Bulk is Key!

Bulky Means 1. Having considerable bulk; massive. 2. Of large size for its weight: a bulky knit. 3. Clumsy to manage; unwieldy. This is the definition of bulky according to the online Free Dictionary by Farlex.  All three definitions are appropriate for my money saving garden tip this week. When you can…buy in bulk! In most shopping arenas […]

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Tag You’re It

Weather changes mean plant changes.  With cooler temps and shorter days, the plants are wrapping up their blooming season.  Most annuals will be making seed pods and dropping them in random places thanks to the wind, birds, and critters. This week I am going to encourage you to plan ahead which will help you save […]

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Not to Be Taken with a Grain of Salt

My Secret Garden Tip of the week is one of those simple ideas that adds a lot of charm to your cut flower arrangements.  =) Most garden enthusiasts enjoy bringing the flower garden inside for a touch of beauty. Sometimes when you go out to cut flowers, you find small blossoms that don’t fit into a regular […]

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A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

 This is my Secret Garden.  Built and maintained by…me.  It all started when I could not grow grass under our two story deck.  Out of frustration I decided to make an outdoor living room.  Needless to say, I sit out here a lot and enjoy the bright colors. (Of course, this summer it was not […]

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If I Don’t Ask… Who Will?

Okay, it has been a long hot summer here in Northwest Arkansas.  I have spent most of my time dragging a hose around trying to keep things alive.  So far only two garden fatalities.  Not bad considering it has been in the triple digits most of June and July. So, you are probably wondering why I used […]

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A Gardener in the Spring

Ah…spring.  That lovely time of the year where everything in the garden shows signs of new life.  Including the gardeners! You know how it goes…think about gardening all winter, plan, dream, and invision what your yard will look like this next growing season.  Then the first warm spring day and we are out of the […]

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