Christmas with Living Trees

December 6, 2023

You love the smell of fresh evergreen, but you're still struggling with the idea of what to do with that cut tree once the holidays are over? We get it... What if you could plant your tree afterwards? You can! And here is how: Start a New Family Tradition Purchasing live trees that you and your family can plant brings a new element...

Landscaping: The Fifth Pillar

November 27, 2023

If you live in Kansas City, you live in a city within a forest. Just look up slightly beyond the horizon...oh wait, can't see the horizon? Well, all those trees do obscure views! We are a blessed gaggle of humans here in 'flyover country'. We dwell in one of the densest urban forests in the U.S. Promoting the diversity and the...

Landscaping: The Fourth Pillar

November 14, 2023

Color in the landscape is by far my client's most requested design element. I have been presented 1000's of Pinterest boards full of vibrant landscapes bursting with color. Hues that seem almost impossible. The expectation has been set by these examples of well-designed and tended gardens. My journey in refining my design palette...

Landscaping: The Third Pillar

September 19, 2023

Humanity's congregation with Creation is exemplified by the abundance of The Garden. Grandma's tomatoes. Grandpa's pickles. Uncle Ray's apples. Some of my fondest core memories are from the bounty of ancestorial gardens. Establishing this congregation with Creation and establishing those core memories is not the arduous task that...

Landscaping: The Second Pillar

August 4, 2023

The creation of habitat in the landscape and garden speaks to the very core of the regenerative landscape ethic - and becomes pillar two. For decades, the landscapes of North America have been designed and maintained to discourage wildlife. Humans are awakening to the symbiosis that must be fostered between humans and Creation's...

Apples in July, A Story of Seasonal Eating

July 29, 2023

It’s not even the last day of July and I am sitting here with 2 apples on my desk straight out of the orchard. One perfectly ripe and one is over ripe. Yes, over ripe apples. In July. Our society has been programmed to believe apples are ripe in September. It fits a lovely narrative. And yes, many varieties are. But if we lean into the...

Landscaping: The First Pillar

July 29, 2023

As promised, we are digging into the pillars of landscaping! At the foundation is your first pillar: Living Soil! The quality of a canvas is the critical first factor in building a composition. Like the artist's canvas , soil quality will determine the success and sustainability of a Landscape Creation. Within the regenerative...

Landscaping: The 5 Pillars

July 7, 2023

The statement, 'I don't know where to start' is often the first words voiced by my prospective clients. A landscape feels daunting and often overwhelming for many humans. Y'all are not alone. To the human who does not know where to begin, I give The 5 pillars of Regenerative Landscape Design: Living Soil Habitat Food Color Shade ...

Creating an Oasis: Tips for an Inviting Outdoor Space

May 30, 2023

When it comes to designing your dream outdoor space, the possibilities are endless! With a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can transform your boring backyard into a cozy oasis that you’ll never want to leave.

Landscaping 101

April 12, 2023

Gardening and landscaping are fun, healthy, fulfilling hobbies that benefit our own wellbeing as well as our community and our planet. Here are tips on creating a beautiful landscape. My number one advice to new gardeners is to be creative and have fun. Use colors, styles, & plants that appeal to you - Use garden art, structures, and seating...