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Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

I have two favorite spots in my house: The first is a chaise lounge sitting next to a large window overlooking the Vine Maples in my backyard. The second is my kitchen window with a view of two old mossy-branched walnut trees. I see squirrels scampering, birds looking...
The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

The Bark Dust Blues: Considerations for a New Backyard

Builders love bark dust. It covers a multitude of sins, costs next to nothing, and allows them to move on to the next project. What do you do when a builder leaves you with a new house and a backyard with bark dust, a concrete slab, and not much else?   First things...
Is Bamboo for You?

Is Bamboo for You?

Why Bamboo? There are over a thousand different varieties of Bamboo, each with its unique growing habit, height, texture, and color. With so many varieties, you are sure to find one or two that will be a terrific addition to the garden. From sun to shade and from...
Considerations for Allergens in the Garden

Considerations for Allergens in the Garden

You go outside on a gorgeous summer day eager to tidy up the garden when all of a sudden, the sneezing, runny nose starts. Ahh, pollen! With asthma being the number one chronic disease for children, and science now pointing to a direct link in allergies causing...
Design Elements for Small Spaces

Design Elements for Small Spaces

The Portland Metro area is a beautiful and inspiring place to live but as more and more people flock here, developers are building homes on ever tinier and tinier lots. This means there’s not much outdoor space and even less privacy. So, what’s a homeowner to do?...