Hi, I’m Nicole. Some people were born gardening, maybe Martha Stewart was, I wasn’t. But as soon as I was introduced to the world of plants, specifically ornamentals, my life changed and I started seeing the natural world through a new brightly colored lens. It was like being able to speak a new language, the botanical language of plants.
Fast forward 18 years to today, and my personal & professional horticultural life continues to be fueled with passion, fascination and a lifestyle contextualizing how the very beauty of plants can make you feel. How an outdoor space makes you feel. Even a small part of a pathway. How it delights your senses with color, texture, fragrance, scale and sound.
I think about the scale of gothic cathedrals. How their high vaulted ceilings, some at 150 feet, were designed to make you feel so small in comparison.
See the photo of Redwood tree. Wouldn’t this be interesting in a small garden. Imagine a hedge this tall. What? Absolutely fascinating. Designing and working in small San Francisco gardens, I think about the scale and habits of plants and materials constantly. How might this plant be pruned to maintain a narrow silhouette? How to achieve a symphony of plants to build a three dimensional plane of ground, walls and ceiling? Or to find a lovely specimen plant for a beautiful rustic pot.
What about you? Are you passionate about your garden, or just love the topic of plants and gardens (new or experienced). I hope you enjoy our blog, and that you’ll leave us a comment and say hello sometime!
Check out my guest spot on Dave Ledoux’s Back To My Garden podcast.