Containers Ideas found on a Mini Vacation

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Containers Ideas found on a Mini Vacation

Sitting in Boston Public Garden I’m enjoying a special early-morning moment on a lovely summer like day. On shady bench in front of an active fountain, I’m relishing it’s gentle sound except when the tourist with the creaky wheeled cart goes by. I’ve rediscovered that when you have a house guest from out of town, you become a tourist and take a mini vacation. While trekking about, I find myself noticing container plantings and a garden or two that I want to share with you. Use these images as photo notes for future...

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Maria von Brincken Teaches Color Gardens at Mass Hort

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maria von Brincken Teaches Color Gardens at Mass Hort

Color Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal     In this three-session tutorial course Maria von Brincken, landscape designer, will teach you how to use color and plants to design gardens filled with color from flowers and foliage. You’ll learn how to create beautiful plant combinations that flower from spring to frost for sun and shade. Through hands-on practice sessions, participants make a landscape/garden color palette, and then learn the system to design plant combinations in color sequences through...

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Gardening at Dawn on a Summer-Like Day

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gardening at Dawn on a Summer-Like Day

I love gardening at dawn on a summer morning. Cool enough to pull weeds, prune branches, deadhead, plant, lay mulch as I did this last weekend-of-May Sunday. Yet it’s warm enough for shorts and a tshirt. It’s a time of birdsong and quiet in the neighborhood. No noisy lawn mowers, leaf blowers, or power songs. Just the cool of the morning on my skin, the serenade of birds, the scent of flowering trees, shrubs, and annuals, and the beauty of the planting as they shine with my care. It’s been a busy spring as usual so the...

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My Spring Garden: Design Moments

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My Spring Garden: Design Moments

 Thoughout our busy lives it’s wonderous to enjoy garden moments like...

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Maria Speaks at West Concord Green Thumbs

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Maria Speaks at West Concord Green Thumbs

Create Colorful Gardens “Beautiful Perennial Combinations from Spring thru Frost” The West Concord Green Thumbs presents: Maria von Brincken of Sudbury Tuesday, May 3, 2016 7:00 pm   Learn to apply color, design, and texture harmoniously from season to season. Maria’s talk, slides, and handouts provide tools to create perennial palettes for public and private gardens. Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord, MA Free & Open to all – Bring a friend!...

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Maria von Brincken Speaks at Boston Flower Show

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maria von Brincken Speaks at Boston Flower Show

SUDBURY, MA—Ever wonder how to make outdoor rooms using vines? Award winning landscape designer and flower garden specialist, Maria von Brincken, a featured speaker at this year’s Boston Flower and Garden Show www.bostonflowershow.com will share those techniques. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center, on Sunday, March 20th at 1:30 PM, Maria will talk about vertical gardening as one aspect of making a beautiful garden.   Her color slide lecture “Classic Vertical Gardens: Plants that Flower Up & Around” highlights ornamental vines and...

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Winter Farmers Market Cheese Quest

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winter Farmers Market Cheese Quest

I’m at Russells Garden Center in Wayland, MA attending the Winters Farmers Market and posting from there.  I decided part of my winter mental survival kit I would seek out a specialty cheese for my omelette each week. I’ve not been disappointed. I sampled many from different venders. But decided that the Wolf Meadow Farm Cacotta Al Tarufo would be the one I’ll be cooking with this week. I also found some amazing mushrooms that will be gracing them as well. Lunch is the Coq au Vin from one of the vendors. Good choice....

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How to make a Winter Garden to Delight, Invite, and Inspire

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to make a Winter Garden to Delight, Invite, and Inspire

Winter landscapes and their views don’t have be dull or ugly. When well designed they delight and invite you to look out and perhaps venture outside to explore.

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Tools of Enchantment

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tools of Enchantment

        I’m happy to post a link to my feature article in WaterShapes  Magazine. Enjoy!...

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October Colorful Shrubs in New England

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

October Colorful Shrubs in New England

  Mid-October in New England is the time of colorful shrubs. The green leaves of summer respond to cool temperatures and short days. To the left, the burgundy hued foliage of the ‘Mariessi’ viburnums and the “just-starting-to turn” Oakleaf hydrangeas wear their fall colors while the pink ‘Knock Out’ shrub rose continues to bloom.   The foliage of the Fernleaf Japanese Maple sets the tone with the yellow turning fronds of ferns and green hostas and the wetland beyond. Garden design can offer 3...

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