What’s Beauty Anyway?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2019 in Landscape Design Makeovers, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What’s Beauty Anyway?

To some, it’s a well organized sock drawer, or the roll of a perfect putt, or the gurgle of a remote canyon stream.  Or a garden. To me, its not “either–or,  but “and”. Our home landscape and gardens have to potential to offer a place of retreat, play, welcome, and beauty. A designed landscape and its gardens could be a pollinator meadow, a comfortable place to eat outdoors with family and friends, a way to get from one part to another, or a place to merge with flowers and reawaken our senses. Our home landscape...

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Charming Patio Makeover Seats 10!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Back Yard Patios, Landscape Design Makeovers, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Charming Patio Makeover Seats 10!

Back yard makeover transforms this back patio from ugly to Charming, Beautiful, and Functional. Before: Nasty steep slope with miscellaneous plants to old ugly back patio. After:  the newly installed landscape design transforms the back patio area. The back patio makeover includes wide easy to use granite steps and landings that lead to the new enlarged patio that seats 10. The new Bluestone patio features a  stone “carpet” that reuses “old but still good” bluestone pieces with new pieces that frame and create a stone...

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Late Fall Farm House Borders & Meadow

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Late Fall Farm House Borders & Meadow

It’s late October. Ornamental native grasses mixed with seedpods, late flowering white Boltonia, and varied foliage colors rule the meadow. In the house borders, Sedum “Autumn Joy” provides color combined with the lingering silver grey foliage of Russian Sage, Achillea, and the silvery fronds of the dwarf Fountain Grass.  “October  Glory”  Maples  color the landscape with brilliant orange.  Lots  to ...

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Farm House Meadow & Borders

Posted by on Jul 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Farm House Meadow & Borders

Year two: The pollinator wildflower meadow is taking off while the house gardens fill in.The two gardens share some of the same plants so they connect visually and create a sense of abundance.These are happy gardens.                     The meadow is wilder and seemly more randomly planted. The really tall prairie species to add drama in scale and color and life and they sway in the breeze while the shorter rustle.                      ...

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Decluttering Your Garden

Posted by on May 4, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Decluttering Your Garden

Marie Kondo’s method for decluttering your house works for your garden too. While Reading her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  I realized I’ve been using my own version for decades for designing landscapes, coaching gardeners, and teaching classes. Turns out that the word “clutter” easily replaces the word  “chaos” . Chaos created from “one’s and twos” of a particular plant, miscellaneous forms in random associations, and a myriad of colors that fail to flatter each other or...

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Modern Farmhouse Gardens

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Modern Farmhouse Gardens

The style, Modern Farmhouse, could be described as a mix of old and new. Textures, comfort, natural materials from antique to industrial, yet spare on accessories describes both the interior design and  landscape design style. Wooden arbors, regional stone used for fieldstone steps and walls, and contemporary planters create the elements. Plant color palette honed to a set of complimentary hues paired with one more enhances the chosen focal color. Contemporary planting interweaves drifts of color and texture and form. Plant material inspired...

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Quick Fall Harvest/Halloween Containers

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quick Fall Harvest/Halloween Containers

Welcoming Fall Harvest Entry Container Arrangements That frosty morning “did in” the flowering annuals in my front containers. I had procrastinated and now dead leaves greeted me. Time to make fall themed containers! The Containers You See are Quickly Made. You can fill your fall and winter containers with branches found in your yard (or the friendly neighbor’s!). Gather the material and shape the shrubs at the same time. This time of year I shape a large rhododendron to gather material for my fall pots. I pick branches that...

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Flower Portraits

Posted by on Jul 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Flower Portraits

Flowers draw us in. Closer, so we can see the details and enjoy our senses awakening. These flower portraits share what I see. The textural variation of color, form, light, and shadow pleases our tactile and visual senses. Fragrance, birdsong and leaf rustle, activate smell and hearing. If you eat the daylilies, taste. The following flower portraits engaged my attention in my home gardens and ones I designed. Experiencing these plants took me into the realm of awesome....

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Making a Dream (Plan) Real

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Making a Dream (Plan) Real

The dream starts at the first client meeting. And the landscape plan maps it. Then the installation begins to make the dream real. Below are some images from a landscape I’m working with. Last fall we constructed a curving perimeter stone wall with an arbor entry and installed the Knoll and Rock Sitting Gardens. Now the fieldstone steps were just installed yesterday. The stone foundation Veneer earlier. Working on the patio. Meanwhile the planting were delivered this morning. Here’s some random images from the...

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BUILD Magazine Award for Best Residential Landscape Design

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

BUILD Magazine Award for Best Residential Landscape Design

BUILD Magazine has announced winners of the 2018 Landscaping and Gardening Awards.       Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design Best for Residential Landscape Design 2018 – Middlesex County The 2018 Landscaping and Gardening Awards pays homage to those who create the picturesque vistas and accentuate nature’s beauty through thoughtfully designed gardens, parks and outdoor spaces while protecting inhabitants and the eco system alike. Discussing the awards, Kaven Cooper, Awards Coordinator commented: “As the seasons...

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