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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Read 'Em All Tuesday -- A Garden Designer's Blog

There are so many wonderful blogs out there that I read, not to mention all the ones I don't know about that others who participate in Tootsie Time's Read 'Em All Tuesday are posting about! It's hard to choose which one to highlight.

I am the first to admit I know nothing -- and I mean absolutely nothing -- about garden design. I try to be a good plant steward, and put my plants that like the same conditions together, and hopefully I don't make a mistake about what those conditions are, and where those conditions can be found in my garden. So I cherish any tips about new plants and where they thrive, or how to put combinations together, or how to use certain colors, of either foliage or flowers. A good blog I've found that offers all of that and more is Garden Adventures -- For Thumbs of All Colors, written by Karen Chapman. Here's what the tag line on her blog says: "Take a stroll through the garden with me as I share insights, tips and “I wish I had known better” thoughts. As a designer, container gardener and plantaholic I have learned by simply getting my hands dirty that thumbs really can go from brown to green. Join me on a fun adventure."

And here's a little something about her from the bio page on her blog.

"I have had a trowel in my hand and soil under my fingernails for as long as I can remember, but that is just the way it is in England where I grew up. Gardening is simply a part of everyday life where plants and produce are exchanged over a cup of tea and neighbors regularly stop to admire one another’s gardens. And so it was inevitable that when we moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 it wasn’t long before I was working at one of the leading nurseries where I could continue to feed my plant fix and share my enthusiasm and knowledge with others."

Her posts about plants and design are interspersed with posts about the progress she is making on her own new garden. Yes, she lives and gardens in the same area of the country where I live, and like me, started over with a completely new garden after moving. But any gardener anywhere in the country, or in fact, in the world, can benefit from her knowledge and insight.

Here are links to some recent interesting and informative posts:

Monochromatic Foliage Combinations - simple, elegant

Shades of Bronze

The REALLY Big & Bold

I hope you check out Karen's blog!


  1. Alison, another great blog to check out, always so many wonderful ideas out there. Thank you so much for the tip!

  2. I am honored that you chose to share my Garden Adventures with your friends. I look forward to meeting you all - do stop by and say hello. (I'd offer a cup of tea but that could be tricky).

  3. Good choice, Alison! I just dropped by Karen's and read numerous posts. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I will have to stop by this blog and check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds like a great blog! I'd have to quit working to read all the blogs I like but that would make paying the bills a bit challenging!

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