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We are thrilled to have two of our NYC rooftop gardens published in this amazing book. The Midcentury Modern Landscape by Ethne Clarke is filled with tons of photographs of modern gardens that redefine outdoor space. It’s a fantastic addition to your library!

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If you’re anything like me, then you are probably catching up on a stack of books in the winter months. Nothing remedies a cold winter night like a good garden book. Betsy Pinover Schiff’s September 2016 Sidewalk Gardens of New York beautifully captures little garden moments in this big city that we often miss. She successfully catches the tiniest plantings in our urban environment from tree pit and entry plantings to hanging baskets and container gardens.


Sidewalk Gardens of New York by Betsy Pinover Schiff

Betsy photographed gardens from spring to fall in this book and captured a wide range of seasonally significant blooms. This book delights visually. You can almost feel yourself walking the streets of New York City at a leisurely pace as you turn each page.

Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design’s work is captured in this book (hint, look at page 14) Enjoy, be inspired and prepare for spring!


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1000 Designs for the Garden by Geraldine and Ian Rudge

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 1000 Designs for the Garden and Where to Find Them is priceless. This book is sure to melt away the winter blues with a healthy dose of imaginative garden designs and accessories. Originally referred to me by a client, I immediately picked up his book which now has a select spot in my reference library. Over 300 pages are filled with everything from modern planters and watering cans to artistic trellises and unusual furniture. Hopefully some of my favorite pieces below will inspire your imagination to take your garden to the next level.

Aluminum Dividing Screen by Paul Kerlaff

This powder coated aluminum room divider is a brilliant way of defining a wall area in an open outdoor garden. With several patterns to choose from, Paul Kerlaff designed this screen to filter a view or to adorn a wall as an independent panel. I could easily see this attached to a fence or brick wall with a delicate Clematis vine growing through the ‘Maple’ design. The panels are available in a variety of colors and patterns. A similar piece pictured below by Michael Koenig is available in zinc-plated sheet metal.

Wall Trellis by German Designer, Michael Koenig

Nenufar Parasol by Yonoh

For a modern take on an umbrella, consider the Nenufar Parasol by Yonoh. The eye-catching design allows the piece to blend with traditional furniture or make a statement on its own. It would be the perfect shade element by a pool or an accent for a secluded patio in an intimate landscape. The small sculpted ‘Dew Drop’ by British glass designer, Neil Wilkin, are like jewels for the garden. A handful of them clustered together in a patch of Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’ would be gorgeous.

Glass Dew Drop by Neil Wilkin

Finally, to warm up the patio or terrace visually, consider the urBonfire fireplace designed by Michael Hilgers. Made from borosilicate glass and polished stainless steel, flames don’t come any more chic than this.

Modern Fire Pit with Chic Stainless Steel

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The Frick Museum Courtyard With NYC's First Snowfall in 2011

New York City's First Snowfall in 2011 at the Frick Museum Courtyard

The October snowstorm that landed in New York City on Halloween weekend was complete with thunder and lightning. October 27th is the average frost date for New York City, so I suppose this wintry storm shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. The pelting snowy slush froze tender annuals like Coleus and Begonias, but most shrubs and trees in the city are hanging on to their foliage. Central Park is barely even showing any fall color.

The Courtyard at the Frick Museum Designed by Russell Page

I had the chance to visit the Frick Museum this weekend. It has two tiny courtyards designed by the late landscape designer, Russell Page. I found the building and the grounds to be just as intriguing as the art collection, though there is a terrific display of Picasso sketches on exhibit until January 2012. The understated aesthetic that Mr. Page so well understood is something I admire. Although most of Page’s work is in his home country in the U.K. and abroad, we get to admire this jewel of a garden in New York City.

Yellow Chrysanthemum Plantings at the Frick Courtyard in Fall

A dear friend gave me “The Gardens of Russell Page” a book full of delicious properties and stunning gardens designed by Mr. Page. Each photograph is more elegant than the last. His designs are timeless and his focus on muted plant palettes is evident in his work. This book is well worth its weight in inspiration.

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