Learn the Art of Planting Design using the Plants You Love this July

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learn the Art of Planting Design using the Plants You Love this July

“The Art of Planting Design, Designing with the Plants You Love” will be explored on three virtual Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29 (10am-2pm) with a site visit on Thursday, July 16. In this four-session tutorial course Maria von Brincken, landscape designer, will teach you the art of lay-out, plant combinations using color, and creating waves of bloom.

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Garden Design in the time of Covid-19

Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Garden Design in the time of Covid-19

Staring out your windows and walking around your yards during our Covid-19 hibernation can be depressing. If you’re wondering if I’m available to help you with your aggravating landscape problems. The answer is Yes! I’m creating landscapes and gardens plans. I’m available for design planning and coaching over Chime, Zoom, or FaceTime. I can work with you to create small gardens or borders remotely. I’ve done a few now that the clients have measured and photographed. See the kinds of plans here that I can work...

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First Spring Flowers in my Garden

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

First Spring Flowers in my Garden

Yesterday, I took my own prescription and did some ‘Garden Bathing’ *.  It’s an amazing way to reduce the  stress of the corona-virus home stays.  Inject a little wonder in our lives. Just before the spring snowstorm I meandered to my back garden. Two flower treats were ready for discovery. Just emerging are a burgundy colored Hellebore (Helleborus ‘Ruby Wine’) and blue Russian snowdrops (Puschkinia libanotic). Ruby Wine Hellebore goes about 22′ tall and about a 24″ spread. It likes part shade. Right...

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Take a Moment with Your Garden-Relieve Stress

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take a Moment with Your Garden-Relieve Stress

Enjoy today’s garden image from my drive/street garden. It’s a summer blooming ‘False Sunflower’ (Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Midwest Dreams’) and a variegated Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus sinensis variegatus). Cheerful and long lasting combination. Take a moment with you garden or with a photo from mine. Really look, take a deep breath and exhale slowly and long. Let the garden soothe and heal. I call this ‘garden bathing’. It’s inspired by  the concept”Forest bathing: That’s...

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Gardens Help Relieve Stress-Consider”Garden Bathing””

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gardens Help Relieve Stress-Consider”Garden Bathing””

Consider a new take on “Forest bathing”–I call it “Garden Bathing”. “Forest bathing is taking time to unwind and connect with nature to improve your health. Simply put: Forest bathing is retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere. The practice originated in Japan in the late 1980’s and was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as “Shinrin-yoku,” which roughly translated means “forest bathing.”” So “Garden Bathe” with these garden images from...

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Pause, Savor & Breathe with Long Exhales–Garden Bathing

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pause, Savor & Breathe with Long Exhales–Garden Bathing

Consider a new take on “Forest bathing”. “Forest bathing is taking time to unwind and connect with nature to improve your health. Simply put: Forest bathing is retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere. The practice originated in Japan in the late 1980’s and was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as “Shinrin-yoku,” which roughly translated means “forest bathing.”” So “Garden Bathe” with these garden images from landscapes I’ve lovingly designed....

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Lighting Our Way

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lighting Our Way

March roars in like a lion  and leaves like a lamb.  Prickly pear hail storms batter us. While the next day, gentle sun caresses our skin. One moment black clouds, while another cerulean skies give way to contented sighs. Meteorological spring has sprung. Daffodil stems from grocery stores now cheer up our counters and tables. We look forward to bright cheer and light of  bright yellow flowered Forsythia and in ground daffodils. First to bloom, while gardens are still bare. Beautiful lighting fixtures also cheer and brighten a gloomy night....

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Come Learn with Me! Designing the Winter Landscape

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Come Learn with Me! Designing the Winter Landscape

Sign-up Now! Designing the Winter Landscape, a two session workshop, at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, MA Wednesdays, January  22 & 29,  10 am to 2 pm Come learn how to design a Winter Garden as part of a four-season Landscape. I’ll introduce you to the techniques of plant lay-out of drifts, masses, and individuals. You’ll see slides of examples and the plant lists for the lay-out examples. You’ll learn how to create an outdoor space that uses texture, color, and mass planting to create visual...

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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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