Up a Wall

August 6, 2016
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If you’re outta floor, deck, or counter space for plants, why not – go – up a wall?

Vertical Garden

This Saturday, August 13th, I’ll be playing with plants – VERTICALLY at Filoli. If you’ve not been to this treasured estate and garden in Woodside, California, it is worth a trip. 

Scouring the Lila B. photo archives while planning for the class reminded me that the possibilities are endless! Plus, it’d be fun to share some ideas.

Each day this week, starting this very morning, a new idea on vertical gardening will be posted on Facebook.

Hope you’ll join along. I’d love to see some of your vertical living art too.

Happy small space gardening everyone!


There might still be room in the class – see here

Photo by Sophie de Lignerolles

Houzz DIY: Make a Mini Moss Sanctuary

March 29, 2016
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Check out our DIY: Make a Mini Moss Sanctuary tutorial on Houzz

Letting Go. Slowing Down. Soaking In.

January 1, 2016
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In December 2014 a flood engulfed my studio and destroyed most of the contents. Was it a sign?

walking in japan garden

‘Take a Break!’ it may have said…or at least that is what I chose to hear. It had been Go! Grow! Expand! More! More! More! since I had started Lila B. Design in late 2006. A bit of weariness had set in for me and maybe that ‘voice’ was right?

I took a deep breath, let go of my list of ‘shoulds’, and hit the road.

Thai Garland, Farm, Kokedama, Vietnam

‘Take a Break’ was replaced with ‘Re-discover, unlock curiosity, and create flow.’

In retrospect, it wasn’t a break at all but a re-connection. A re-discovery of what and who I love.

Vero, Bangkok, Macy's
What I found was a heartening. My connection to plants and to family was an ongoing theme in my travels. My work and life didn’t need hard-lined break, it just needed a slight adjustment.

A year after the…

Making beautiful statements with living things