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Right Tree, Right Place

This is a handy tree guide made up for PGE by California Polytechnic State University for the Bay Area, Northern and Central California. If you’re working on a site with power line issues this tool can be quite useful.

This page has some handy guides for selecting the right tree for the right place based on some other guidelines like allergy and toxicity or fire safety.

You can order a Right Tree, Right Place poster from PGE here.

And download a cute poster for Palm trees appropriate for use near power lines.

The people who planted redwoods right next to the power lines at a recent client’s property could have used this guide 15 years ago…

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Pots and Fountains Resources

I’m working on lists for various landscape resources. Online and local to the Bay Area, CA.
Here we have some fountain and pot resources.

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Useful Resource!

I love this useful Botanic Latin name pronunciation guide: – Botanical Latin Pronunciation Guide

I just used this too look up Bulbine frutescens – bul-BYE-nee froo-TESS-enz
I WAS saying it correctly, so good for me. But I was with someone recently who was not pronouncing the -nee at the end.

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Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are small personally managed ‘take a book or leave a book’ libraries. They are usually adorable. You can look at their Flickr gallery to see some examples of the awesomeness that people create.

If you want to have your library registered and affiliated with the site you need to pay a small fee. They send you an official plaque and list your library on their map so people can find you.

I would like to make mine with a green roof! I am not a builder type though and have no tools. I have a couple of friends who are and I plan on commissioning them to make this for me.


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Soft ideas, soft lines – hard ideas, hard lines

EPSON044 - Version 2

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Design concepts – The Six Courtyard Houses

The Six Courtyard Houses were designed by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects in Arizona.

This article has images and plan views. I’m not familiar with the climate in Arizona. I must say that I wouldn’t want to live in the landscape pictured for these houses. It’s a bit.. stark and exposed.

What was the thought process for it? “I would like there to be a big central platform viewable from every window in the house. Plus, three plants.” heeheee. I kid! Or do I?

I’m more of a Secret Garden’ kinda gal. But I want to learn more about this starker more modern/contemporary style. This Pintrest Board has tons of great examples.

Various design concept sketches.
I need to pick one to develop further. 1, 6 or 2?





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Jumping and Creating

Kids playing in the’Nature Zone’ Playspace.

The tree stump circle is either used for jumping

or for building on…

These are rolly poly houses.




Final houses:


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Neighborhood Walks – Moss Edition

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Color and Pattern Studies



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Map Dress and Landscape Brooches

I’m close to being done with this dress.

I have been prototyping the brooches. First in tissue paper and then with wool felt and embroidery.

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