March 22, 2018

For the gardener we enter an exciting time of the year. It is a time when the garden awakens and day-by-day, month-by-month it unfolds and unfurls itself with vivid splendor. One of the first plants to get in on the act is the Royal Star Magnolia, Magnolia Stella ‘Roya...

March 13, 2018

In May of 2017 I received a call about a photo of a rain garden I had designed. The caller was seeking permission to use the photo to gloss the cover of the June 2017 issue of Digger magazine. This was very exciting and of course I granted them permission.

Digger is a p...

March 4, 2018

Are you dreaming of your very own backyard oasis? If you are reading this blog, more than likely you are. Quite possibly you found this blog by searching the Internet trying to gain a foothold on how and where to get started. If this is the case, you’ve come to the rig...

February 22, 2018

Dark Hemlock in the foreground, Cedar Chips make up the path in the background. 

Mulch? What is it, what is used for and more.

Mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of the soil. So that definition is pretty encompassing, and it kind of needs to be. Mulch ca...

February 14, 2018

Breaking News: Wheel & Barrow Garden to collaborate with Ebbets Field Flannels to create a one of a kind vintage style wool Wheel & Barrow ball cap.

Ebbets Field Flannels of Seattle Washington is the purveyor of vintage throwback jerseys, baseball caps and T-Shirts.

This...

February 14, 2018

The second week of February was a busy one for Wheel & Barrow, capping it off with a trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle Washington.

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show had been on my radar for a couple of years and this year I decided to check it o...

February 13, 2018

Recently I sat in on a talk by Bobbie Schwartz, an award winning landscape designer and garden author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bobbie gave an entertaining and stimulating oration called “Painting with Perennials – A Landscape Artist Perspective.”

I enjoyed Bobbie’s approac...

February 2, 2018

Have you ever heard the expression, “see how the sausage gets made?” I’ve heard the expression, but I like sausage and thankfully I’ve never had a chance to see how the sausage gets made. But I did recently have a chance to see how concrete pavers get made. And it was...

January 25, 2018

The winter landscape, to some this may sound like an oxymoron. Here in the Pacific Northwest where the cool temperatures and rain keep us inside during the months of January and February gardening seems like a chore meant for another more forgivable time. That said, th...

January 19, 2018

French Garden or jardin à la française -"garden in the French manner"

A powerful phrase in the context of garden and garden design acumen, it brings with it a sense of elegance and class. It exhibits force, lends confidence, demonstrates willpower, but has a whimsical s...

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