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Erin Crespo

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Oct 6

A well-planned landscape can foster community not only for ourselves, but for our landscape as well. Natives. Most often looked to for their durability and natural stamina in our climate, but a delicious benefit that can be overlooked is the relationships they nurture with wildlife. Curating a palette of native plants can invite some of…

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Sep 3

See your landscape at any time with the addition of landscape lighting Lighting can quickly create a sense of drama in your design. Good landscape lighting can highlight the existing design and show off plant features from new angles. Quantity, spacing and placement of your light fixtures have an effect on the mood and function…

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Sep 3

Making space for flowers that bloom at different times of year can enhance the passing of time. Color is emotional. Whether it’s sprinkled around an open space or encouraged into a full color explosion, color has an impact on our mood and influences our perception of a space. When thinking about your landscape, consider the…

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Aug 4

Having a place to sit is a pivotal part of creating an outdoor living space. It is an unspoken invitation that it’s okay to relax where you are, to be there, to stay.  Imagine having a living room with no seats or a kitchen table with no chairs. You would have questions right? Do I sit…on…

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Aug 4

harvesting rainwater is great for your landscape, your environment, and your wallet I’m sure plenty of us can remember the traffic detours, rerouted trail runs, shuffled outdoor show plans, or the last time our smart phones all went off in harmonious unison because…flooding. Mother Nature literally gave us a raincheck. So let’s work that natural cycle to…

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Jul 7

This month, I sat down with one of our award-winning designers Jill Zimmerman, and asked what she feels when designing a xeriscape. “It’s an opportunity to show the art of plantings. Using them in clusters, the plants stand out more. Similar to what you see in the wild, with meadow-like areas punctuated by larger upright plants…

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Jul 7

Personal Space. There are few things more precious than having a private space to relax, stretch out in, breathe in, and just be yourself.  I caught up with two of our designers, Erin Spencer and Jill Zimmerman to display some Native Edge favorites for creating a green retreat that suit your space, are responsible for…

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Jun 2

Container gardening adds versatility to large gardens and is an ideal choice to add character to smaller spaces. Container plantings lend instant color, provide visual interest, and can even bring the architecture of the house into the garden. Container gardening can be enjoyed for one season, or designed to last for years. A nice feature…

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Jun 2

Similar to finishing an attic or remodeling a basement, building an outdoor room in your landscape makes the best of space you already have. Think about your home and all the places inside. Each room serves multiple functions and can be arranged to suit the occasion. The same principle extends into your landscape. The back…

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May 5

The path is one of the oldest forms of design, an escort for the new, a guide for the lost, a practical direction in and out of a space. It’s an instruction manual with no words. Go this way. That is the influence of spatial design. My favorite aspect of design is that everything, every little…

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