The Pergola: From Ancient Greece, With Love

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Pergola: From Latin meaning projecting eve.

The first known use of the word pergola in the English language was in 1654 but in Italy and France, this garden structure was quite popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the 18th and early 19th centuries, the concept fell out of favor as a more naturalistic style of gardening was in vogue. But, by the late 19th century, the pergola as a garden structure made a comeback.

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Technically, a pergola is a structure that is attached to, and projects from, another structure. Apparently, . . . → Read More: The Pergola: From Ancient Greece, With Love

Pool Season Has Arrived

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What makes a great pool? Size? Shape? Amenities? Location? Landscape? Color? Each of us responds to different elements of a design and what I categorize as awesome may leave another cold. To some, a giant slide, diving board, and a built in bar would make the pool of their dreams. To others, a swimming hole set in a natural landscape would fulfill their dream pool design. An infinity pool with an ocean view beyond is hard not to impress but one doesn’t need to be super wealthy to create a beautiful pool.

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Pots in the Outdoor Room

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Mary McDonald

Gazing on a beautiful landscape or terrific view while enjoying the patio, porch, or deck is often all one needs to feel calm and rested. No need for interaction with anyone or the distraction of anything, quietly sitting and appreciating the nature surrounding the outdoor room is enough.


Want a quick way to add a lot of zing to your outdoor room? Add pots: large pots, small pots, antique pots, earthy pots, brightly colored pots, do-it-yourself pots, or re-purposed pots. Find pots that fit your outdoor décor and maintain the theme you have selected . . . → Read More: Pots in the Outdoor Room

The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening

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You don’t have to have a large yard to have a big garden. Rather than going out, have you ever considered going up? Even in the tiniest of spaces, vertical gardening allows you to surround yourself with plants. And, one of the best things about vertical gardening is that the plants do double duty as a privacy screen from neighbors or unsightly views.

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Your vertical garden can be a simple trellis with the plants firmly rooted in ground soil or a pot but options are available where the soil is actually contained within a vertical . . . → Read More: The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening

Transform Your Yard from a Nature-Bully to an Eco-Friend

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Most people don’t even know their yard is harmful to the environment as well as the wildlife that depends on it. It’s hard to recognize a bully, especially if that bully is a beautiful, lovingly groomed garden or yard brought into existence by your skillful green thumb. A garden can look green and still have a not-so-green impact on the ecosystem near your home and the world at large. Just realizing that your garden isn’t as eco-friendly as it could be is a great first step, but here are five ways you can take action now.

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