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Risa Edelstein
Addicted to design, plants & going green.
Interests: travel, gardening, design, fashion, plants, vintage costume jewelry
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Ruth, You should have been a writer! I love your perspective and I agree - there are no bad plants - unless they are invasive!
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I love the apple too and adore whimsical art in a garden!
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Mar 15, 2010
I really enjoyed your video! It was so personal...thanks for sharing that with us. I love how you explain how you help people breathe life into their garden. As a fellow landscape designer, I really appreciated that insight.
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People have the cone shaped bins in our neck of the woods. From what I understand, if you don't put meat or dairy products into the compost then you should not get critters.
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To contact me, email me at redelstein@comcast.net Visit my blog Garden and the Good Life. Follow me on Twitter at @gardengoodlife. FAN me on Facebook. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Risa Edelstein
I think this is a great idea. Since I am an ecological landscape designer, I cannot tell you about the landscape wastes and abuses we see all of the time. Things like watering the sidewalk in midday. Planting trees in a public parking lot island that are raised above ground instead of sunken in so the rain is trapped and the trees get watered. Spraying chemicals on playing fields. Planting trees that we've paid for with our tax dollars in the burlap and metal baskets knowing they will not last long term. Mulching with dyed red mulch. Just plain old terrible landscape practices that need some changing and whatever can make it happen - I'm all for it. When you get such extreme reactions to something - you know you're onto something!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on EcoSnoop and Crowd Sourcing at EcoSnoop
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"profound" is just the word I was looking for...thanks for visiting as always!
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Toby, Thanks for commenting. I love Vancouveria hexandra too, but you're right, it is so difficult to find.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2010 on 10 Underused Shade Plants at Garden & the Good Life
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Happy to share and thanks for the comment!
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Thanks for the info, Camille. Any idea on how easy this is to go from seed?
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Jon, Thanks for the tip. I'm glad they are on the east coast since I don't like to have things shipped from across the country. It's amazing that this plant is so hard to find!
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Thanks for the feedback and I hope you find more information that you can use.
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Louise, He is talking at the Ecological Landscaping Association's conference. You can get more details at www.ecolandscaping.org
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Karyl, There is a small specialty nursery for epimedium in Massachusetts. You have to call for their print catalog last time I spoke to them. Garden Vision (run by Darrell Probst)63 Williamsville Road, Hubbardston, MA 01452 978-928-4808 www.home.earthlink.net/~darrellpro/
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on 10 Underused Shade Plants at Garden & the Good Life
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Thanks Louise for adding some really interesting plants to the list! I adore thalictrum and kirengeshoma too. It just goes to show you that there are so many plant choices!
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on 10 Underused Shade Plants at Garden & the Good Life
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Bruce, Thanks for the comment. After two years since I posted this, I have seen more and more shade rain gardens so you are absolutely right.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on Rain Gardens - A Primer at Garden & the Good Life
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The plant in the picture is Arnold's Promise.
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I'm jealous you have relatives near Chanticleer! My daughter is considering colleges in that area - I may get lucky!
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I wonder why it is called Canadian Mint? Perhaps it can sustain a Zone 5?
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This is such a great post and so true. My garden is a place I test a lot of plants but I am trying hard to make it more "design" friendly. It's certainly fun and whimsical but it much more experimental than anything I've designed.
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Oh yeah - and easy copying from Word. That should be a no brainer. Right now I have to post everything in my blog directly. It is slow!
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I really think you need better support for photos! I have thousands of photos in my library and it is such a headache to upload them in Typepad. It is slow, limited cropping and editing support right when you upload, not a lot of layout options, etc. Wordpress has you beat in this area so I really hope you are fixing this problem!
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DESIGN. GARDENS. PLANTS. A backyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets transformed with a new patio, sitting wall and plant screening. A historic house in Arlington, Massachusetts gets a front yard makeover and a sunken garden filled with invasive plants gets new life. A backyard in Newton, Massachusetts gets a meadow garden installed for late summer and fall interest. The lower woodland garden carries the garden in spring. Plant diversity and a lot of native shrubs and perennials make this a wildlife friendly yard. My own garden had a serious erosion problem which we solved by removing invasive trees, terracing with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2009 at Risa Edelstein