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Michael Spencer
Naples, Florida
After 30 years' private practice…
Interests: gardening, writing, public outreach
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Your Design Pundit is enraged. I have been a botany-geek my entire life. Plants excite a passion. I want know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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This week, your Design Pundit shares another story of south Louisiana: this week, love and loss. He had a reason... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Orange Flame (Justicia spicigera) Do you have trouble choosing plants? Of course you do. Professionals struggle with this part of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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This piece was published in the Naples Daily News; PDF versions are available via email. Gate Entry In Honolulu This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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This week, a few really unusual plants drawn from your Design Pundit’s palette. First, though: While I really appreciate seeing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Readers: This piece appeared in the February 21, 2014 edition of the Naples Daily News. Send me an email for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
Readers: This piece appeared in the February 14, 2014 edition of the Naples Daily News. Send me an email for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
Readers: This piece appeared in the February 7, 2014 edition of the Naples Daily News. Send me an email for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Land planning and planting design are as different as asphalt and Gardenias. So how is it that landscape architects are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Your Design Pundit is enraged. I have been a botany-geek my entire life. Plants excite a passion. I want know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Readers: This piece appeared in the August 15, 2009 edition of the Naples Daily News. I am posting it here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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An expanded version of this discussion will appear in the Naples Daily News in January appeared January 17, 2013. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. …let us go on and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News (and in a slightly different form)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Your Design Pundit regards mulch as a temporary evil. This view seems counter to the collected vision of the green... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News (convenient for printing) here. It is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Ecology is on my mind this week as the success of a current site planning project in my office depends... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. Color! We want more color!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
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Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. Winter is coming! Time to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here Sometimes a landscape is so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. Congratulations! You are on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Are you a landscape committee looking for some answers? You have come to the right place…you will find information on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News 2.22.2013 here. What follows has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News 2.22.2013 here. What follows has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News 10.21.2011 here. What follows has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion