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    How to Get the Most Out of Your Garden All Year Round

    Maryline Damour is founder of design-build firm Damour Drake as well as the Kingston Design Connection. She’s also an avid gardener and chef. In this series, she connects the dots between gardening and interior design. When you think gardens, most people think springtime, when flowers begin to bloom. But, if we’re going to think of our gardens as part of our homes, why not make them work year-round? As the weather has begun to dip into the 50s in the Hudson Valley where I live, I’m doing some garden maintenance and prepping for winter. But, because I’m an interior designer, I’m also focused on making sure I have a visually…

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    Library volunteer work to improve Elizabethtown library [photos] | Local News

    Volunteers met at Elizabethtown Public Library on Monday to attend to the property’s landscaping. It’s part of a larger effort to maintain and improve the library’s outdoor areas over the past few years. The group’s recent ongoing projects include sprucing up the library’s railings, book return shed, trash can boxes and courtyard bench. Earlier this year, three trees were removed from the library property. A four-season garden design was also implemented in the courtyard with help from Warburton Nursery and Greenhouses, 6005 Schoolhouse Road in Elizabethtown, according to a release from the library. Volunteers are continually needed to help with landscaping maintenance, as are donations toward the cost of new…

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    Ruud Kleinpaste’s guide to garden design

    Just looking at how nature operates, we can find quite a few ‘do-s’ and ‘don’ts’ when it comes to designing a garden or operating such a space.  Here are my top tips – some of which are also reflecting my personal loves and hates:  Go with the Flow – curved lines in landscapes! In nature there are very few straight lines (if any!). The old French and Dutch Gardens (17th century etc) look spectacular but remember, they were designed to show off the wealth of the landowners, especially those that were driving the economy…economists have never been able to work with nature.  Minimise the amount of hard surfaces on the ground. Water that falls from the sky…

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    Take a Walk in the Garden, Before It’s Too Late

    For David L. Culp, the walk is a daily practice, not for its exercise value, but in pursuit of insight. The familiar route he has taken most days, over some 30 growing seasons, is around his two-acre garden in Downingtown, Pa., along the paths he created. He walks the sloping site in search of ideas for possible refinements, bringing to life the opposite of what he calls a “big-bang garden,” the kind with just one riotous spring or summer moment. Fall walks are especially precious, said Mr. Culp, a longtime garden designer, instructor and author. Try to catch the garden before its visual cues degrade, leaving us vulnerable to the…

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    ‘The pandemic lit a fire inside me’: how three high-fliers retrained as garden designers | Gardens

    A table and chairs covered in lichen; a grubby patio; an overgrown bed teeming with weeds … those of us with outdoor space all have corners that need attention. And as many of us continue to work from home, spending more time in the garden and entertaining friends, there has been a growing demand for professionals to visit and beautify our gardens and terraces. But, as reported earlier this summer, there’s a waiting list: the average garden designer has experienced a 25% jump in inquiries over the past year, and, according to the latest figures, has seen their turnover increase by 203%. The Society of Garden Designers reports a 62%…

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    Aedas Designs Garden City in Shanghai

    Aedas Designs Garden City in Shanghai Courtesy of Aedas Share Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Whatsapp Mail Or https://www.archdaily.com/970050/aedas-designs-garden-city-in-shanghai Aedas revealed its design for a mixed-use development in Shanghai, a mid-rise high-density scheme comprising several blocks of offices, retail spaces and a hotel linked by an extensive network of public spaces. A central circulation spine running across the site connects the various programs and, together with a series of green spaces, recreates the atmosphere of the organic urban fabric. + 8 Courtesy of Aedas Located near Shanghai’s West transportation hub, the BU Center reinterprets the office typology through a series of open courtyards and interstitial spaces that encourage social interaction and…

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