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How to create a wildlife habitat garden

Looking around my garden I have always felt that it was a special habitat for wildlife.  I have felt that about every garden that I have designed for myself but there are special elements that have to be created in order to truly be a habitat for wildlife.  Recently I…

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Feng Shui Tips for a Spring Garden

Feng Shui Tips for a Spring Garden When spring comes to a garden, it is time to look around and evaluate what is working and what needs alteration.  In my garden, my front yard comes alive with Statice, Lavender, Red Chinese Lantern, Pink breath of Heaven and of…

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Do you really want chickens?

About six years ago a client asked me to help her design and locate a chicken coop.  Frankly, I thought it was a strange idea.  She was in the “high rent” district of Los Angeles and I have always thought about chickens as being rural or farm activities. …

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What will it cost to protect our birds?

Sunday I was out in my cousin’s backyard enjoying the sound of the birds.  My cousin asked about the species of plants that attract them because it was so wonderful to hear them all busy at work to build their nests. Yesterday I was sent tract conditions as a…

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Feng Shui Healer Heal Myself

Some of what I learned as a Feng Shui practitioner has come from personal experience. It is always easier to have perspective on others problems but not so easy on your own. I was sick last week and my energy took a nosedive. At the same time some negative things…

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Feng Shui Hot Buttons for Health

Sometimes it’s like a treasure hunt when I’m looking for clues as to why the Feng Shui of a house doesn’t support good health. I recently visited a house where this was not the case. The owner had three occluded arteries blocked 90% and when I went…

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Water Features Can Bring You Harmony

Excerpted from SECRETS OF THE LAND Whenever I suggest that a client add a water feature, the reaction is always one of delight. Few people are not fascinated and delighted by the presence of water. I am always left to wonder why everyone doesn’t already have a…

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Enjoy the day, it’s all you have

I’m reading the book Natures Secret Messages Hidden in Plain Sight by Elaine Wilkes. When you written your own book, it is an unusual experience to read other books in the same genera. Sometimes before I start a book like this I fear that perhaps there will not…

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Commit to Steward the Land

I just met with Rick Rudnick of Rick Rudnick Artistree. He is an arborist and it was such a great meeting. It reminded me of all of the things that made me select landscape architecture as my profession. We were discussing cutting and removing some trees in a…

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Sunset Western Garden book is new again

Today Sunset Western Garden book released its newest version.  See http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54487-the-new-sunset-western-garden-book.  It has more than 9000 plants.  It so amazing to see the variety of plants that are in the book.  For many years I have used Sunset…

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Best Plants to Bring You Love

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, you may still be scrambling for gifts.  Think about plants for the spring.  Why not start with plants that have a special love connection?  Rosemary, with its reputation for strengthening the memory, has become an…

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