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


June 21, 2016
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This week, we’re featuring Herb-A-Day

I’ve come across some good and new (to me!) ones and thought it’d be fun to share. It is summer and what better time to toss in fresh herbs to your dinner.

Epazote – Mexican Tea

There are many reasons I’m thankful for sharing my space with Stable Cafe. One is that my studio is connected to a kitchen where I sometimes pester the busy cooks with questions…

If you’ve tested out one of the soups or specials at Stable, you know they’re delicious. That’s thanks to Selena. Sometimes she’ll whip up a special meal just for us folks who are ‘behind the scenes’ – this time it was quesadillas. Not any ‘tho, they had a special sauce on them…

Her green salsa included a plant I’d never heard of….




Popular among Mexicans it is also called Mexican Tea. Some love it, some don’t. The taste, well….sort of lemon, mint, and some say, gasoline?! She disagrees.

Often used in bean dishes, it is said to help with digestion. Pluck off the young shoots, rinse, and enjoy (but not if you’re pregnant or nursing according to some online research).


Finding a “Perfect” Space

March 10, 2016
Posted by in Inspiration


Magic Cards


Over the last 10 years, my plant and flower design studio, office, and garden have moved more than a few times. I’ve worked out of my home, on a loading dock, in a cafe’s loft and courtyard, a shipping container, in a parking lot, and on a roof top. Yes, perhaps these all are unusual settings for a workspace but they all were, at the time, just perfect.

But things change. Needs change. And then the need for a new “perfect” space changes.

I began to wonder: What causes this need for change? Why is one place so close to perfect one year and then left behind the next?

In January, I once again moved. This time, it was more of transition than a huge move. It came as bit of a surprise to even me. Before I even could see the opportunity for something new (that was coincidentally right in front of me), I first had to recognize what I needed. I needed to rethink my space.

I knew something wasn’t working quite as smoothly as I wanted in my workspace, but couldn’t…

Making beautiful statements with living things