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The Dobson Garden in Fine Gardening March 27, 2012

Ted and Nancy Dobson’s Asian-inspired garden is getting a lot of attention these days!   It is now featured in the May/June issue of Fine Gardening, where you can see some of Buell’s gorgeous photos and get a few ideas for your own small space from Rebecca’s article.  Subscribers will receive their issues any day now, and non-subscribers can pick up their copies at Market of Choice, Jerry’s and some of the bigger bookstores on or after April 3.

We are delighted for the Dobsons!  While we helped them lay the foundation of their garden, they have made it absolutely their own.  The garden reflects not just their eye for detail and hard work, but their joyful and peaceful personalities, as well.  Congratulations on a job well and beautifully done, Ted and Nancy!

Much more on the Dobson garden here.

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See the Dobson Garden in Sunset! January 27, 2012

Filed under: Garden Profiles,News,photos,Tricky spaces — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 10:28 pm
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Have you seen the terrific little garden on p. 44 of the latest issue of Sunset?  Ted and Nancy’s Asian-inspired space is getting a bit of well-deserved attention!

You can learn more about the Dobson Garden in these journal entries, *and* in the next issue of Fine Gardening, which will feature lots of beautiful, new photos by Buell!

ImageMuch, much more to come!

 

More Dirt on our Gardens! September 26, 2011

Filed under: garden design,Garden Profiles,News,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 11:50 pm
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While we’ve been working away in Salem, of all places, two more of our gardens have put in an appearance on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt!  These shady gardens are just a short hop apart in the Fairmount neighborhood, but they have dramatically different styles.

A post featuring the entry of the Hoyman Garden includes some of Buell’s terrific photos.  You may remember that space from our earlier post here.  It’s an evolving space that will be open for the first time on next spring’s Hardy Plant Study Weekend tour.

Another fabulous post about a garden shared by neighboring families, the Englishes and the Bascoms, highlights a young and very successful space in the Fairmount neighborhood.

There’s more to share in each of these gardens, so you can expect to see and learn more in future posts!  For now, we’re back to stonework in Salem and creating a wonderful new garden that we hope to show you when it’s finished and a little filled in.

 

 

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!

 

 

The Dobson Garden on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt! August 30, 2011

Filed under: garden design,Garden Profiles,News,photos,Tricky spaces — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 3:37 pm
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The Dobson Garden

Have you seen the Dobson garden on Sunset’s garden blog, Fresh Dirt?  Jim McCausland’s terrific article and photos offer a great view of the peaceful courtyard garden.  If you would like to know more, check out our earlier post on the space here.  Careful observers will note changes between our photos and Jim’s.  Like any great garden, Ted and Nancy are always refining their space, and we think it’s better than ever right now!

The Dobson garden will be on the Hardy Plant Study Weekend Tour next June.  More information on the Study Weekend 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

Filed under: Deer,Garden Profiles,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 6:37 pm
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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.