Mosaic Gardens Journal

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The Davey Garden’s moment in the Sun(set) April 26, 2012

Filed under: Deer,garden design,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 11:41 pm
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Not bad for a deer garden....

There comes a time in every good garden when you can stand back and recognize that all of your hard work, planning and, yes, frustration is paying off.  Joy and Steve Davey’s garden has been a learning process (see our earlier journal article), but now that we’ve balanced the aesthetic goals with reality and a little time, the results are fantastic.  The garden is having its first moment in the limelight in the current issue of Sunset (page 48!), and there is more to come.

Congratulations and thanks to Joy and Steve, who have given us the gifts of patience and inspiration in building and developing their garden.  It will only get better from here!

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Best-ever Coastal Garden?!? September 7, 2011

Filed under: Deer,garden design,Garden Profiles,News,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 4:52 am
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The Tersigni Garden

Have you seen the wonderful post about the coast garden on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt?  I spent a lovely morning there with Jim McCausland, while he shot the photos you’ll see in the article (there must be 2000 more!).  The Tersignis’ garden has been a delight to develop, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have such terrific clients and wonderful backdrop.  More photos and notes on that garden can be found in some of our earlier posts, many of which are here (be sure to scroll down).  And, of course, there are more photos and notes to come!

 

 

Four Views of the Coast Garden August 12, 2011

Filed under: Deer,garden design,Garden Profiles,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 12:26 am
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Isn’t it amazing how physical perspective can change a garden?  Below are four views of the same section of the garden we built on Coos Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Entry Garden August 5, 2011

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The photos below show just one part of a multi-phase project that we think is fast becoming our best garden so far.  Our goal for this entry garden was to create a serene, simple design that allows focus on the beautiful trunks of the Oregon White Oaks and the clean, contemporary lines of the house and entryway.  From the driveway, visitors pass from a bold, colorful street planting, through hedge of golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) into a quiet, sweeping, sword fern garden, with a few small trees and some Fargesia rufa, a clumping bamboo.  Our favorite hardscape feature of the garden may be our drystack stone wall along the driveway (see a slideshow of its construction here).  An ipe deck and boardwalk float over the fern garden, past a huge basalt bowl, to the front door.

While other areas of the garden feature diverse plantings and bold foliage, this garden focuses on the essentials.  Although, this garden is largely a passageway, as opposed to an area to entertain, it seems to have a profound effect on visitors.  Rather than rushing through the garden, the simple design encourages people to pause for a moment and enjoy a quiet moment, appreciating the view.

This is another garden that will be included on next June’s Study Weekend tour.  For more information, stay tuned here or contact the WVHPG.

 

A Romantic Deer Garden? July 19, 2011

Basalt paths frame a Vietnamese urn in Joy's front garden

The side garden is shadier, but still produces sweeps of soft color

Our artist client, Joy, wanted a romantic, flowery, soft planting, in cool and pastel shades.  Her original planting  – largely thuggish ornamental grasses and traditional landscape shrubs – had never been quite what she wanted, and when she called us, she was hoping for something more in keeping with her craftsman house and painterly aesthetic.

We’ve built the garden in stages, learning the site and its voracious deer as we work our way around.  A large Vietnamese urn and basalt pathway in front are two of our rare hardscape additions, as Joy and her husband were happy with the existing patios.  As we’ve moved to different areas of the property, we’ve adjusted our planting style to accommodate lessons learned and changing preferences.  Where spring color was her first priority in the beginning, Joy came to love plantings that provide year-round impact.   In addition to our construction work, we develop the garden over monthly visits, through which we’ve gradually amended our original plantings, creating a garden that looks fabulous in every season, while still reflecting our original aesthetic, and that accommodates the unusual and ever-changing tastes of the local deer.

Another view of the side garden

This garden owes a debt to trial-and-error, and we could not be more grateful for Joy’s trust in allowing us to bring the garden to its current successful state.  We think we’ve found an elegant balance point between floral color, year-round impact, and, of course, deer resistance.  Our highest compliment is that we often find that many of our monthly chores are complete when we arrive, and Joy, who had never been a gardener before, eager to talk about the latest developments and future opportunities.

Joy’s garden is one of four or five of our gardens that will be included in next year’s Study Weekend tour, June 1-3.  The Study Weekend is a gathering of gardeners that rotates between Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Portland and Eugene, features talks from some of the planet’s best plantspeople and designers, and a tour with the areas’ best gardens. We’ll post more here, as we learn more, but if you’d like to know more soon, please contact the WVHPG.

As the small trees we planted in the courtyard have grown, we've amended the plantings to tolerate more shade.

The hillside along the driveway was our most recent planting (Can you tell Joy loves Alliums?).

 

Sunset Garden Anywhere! April 4, 2011

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Sunset Garden Anywhere!

Just saw a big photograph of Joanne and Peter Alba’s garden in Sunset’s Garden Anywhere!, a “bookazine” that will be on store shelves until early June (I found it at the Woodfield Station Market of Choice).  You may remember the Alba’s garden from this post about their photo in the April ’08 Sunset, or this post about gardening with deer.  Cool!

Sometimes these photos catch us by surprise.  If you know of a photo of our gardens that’s not mentioned on our press page, please let us know where you found it, so we can spread the word!

 

Bigger and Better Coast Garden Photos August 15, 2010

Filed under: Deer,garden design,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 1:31 am
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We brought out the big camera this time.  Here are a few of our favorite potential portfolio shots of the Oregon coast garden.  What do you think?