28 Apr 2016

Chamaecyparis pisifera, Vintage Gold

One of the finest conifers introduced to the Twin City landscape garden market is Chamaecyparis pisifera, Vintage Gold.     Its advertised form is global, reaching about three feet in height. A human generation or two ago the only golden foliaged conifers seen on anyone's grounds,  private or public,  were  dying arborvitaes.   Dying junipers usually chose brown before yellow as their passage to death color. Chamaecyparis pisifera, King's Gold is a flimsier, fluffier  foliaged...

25 Apr 2016

We at Masterpiece are Planning a Series of Classes….’THE ART OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING’…beginning May 7! Please Join us.

Landscape gardening is supposed to be  an art form......the most cherished of all art forms......for in nearly every human culture known, Paradise is a Landscape Garden! In the ideal,  landscape gardening is to the eye what Beethoven is to the ear.   Unfortunately in today's American culture, neither are practiced, neither seen nor heard.    At best we live in the noisy  aural world of Prince where the body is stimulated not the mind and...

19 Apr 2016

There is No Life Without Decay

Every year more and more Americans live and work indoors.   Every year more and more Americans know more nothing about their outdoors  where they live. I was lucky being born 82 years ago.   I was raised in the city, in a house on a ninety by forty-five foot lot taught to know the outdoors, both at home and at school.  It was in first grade before World War II when  I was first...

17 Apr 2016

What Does Your Garden Show This April?

We in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area this garden season thus far, are living our usual  early May in middle April this year of our Lord, 2016. We have had a mild and short winter season. Being a landscape gardener,  I have been rooting for a tad of global warming here in our Minnesota for the past sixty years....and  my plea was  almost answered until  a few years ago of rough winter. The best garden...

07 Apr 2016

“Whither Goest Thine Eye?”……(with your landscape in mind)

Whether one lives in the woods, in suburbia, the city with "a yard" or on the 24th floor of some structure, most of us have two eyes which help lead us on our path from birth "to dusty death" as Shakespeare described the end for some. Our eyes  absorb things ugly and things of beauty.   What the eye absorbs usually becomes  habit forming.    Our todays are not carbon copies of yesterdays personally, collectively,...