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Michael Spencer
Naples, Florida
After 30 years' private practice…
Interests: gardening, writing, public outreach
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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 4 days ago 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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Are you an HOA looking for someone to lead you out of endless rounds of poorly selected and declining plant... 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
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. I've been telling my readers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download this piece as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. And never mind the headline. I don't write... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download this piece as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. Part Tree: January 15, 2011 Many communities allow... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion
Download a PDF of this article as it appeared in the Naples Daily News here. Part Two: January 8, 2011... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Design Is Not Opinion