purple flower detail July 2009 048My camera goes in my bag. As I travel around, I’ll never know what design inspiration I’ll find as I visit local, regional and international gardens. Even if the climate and choice of plants at some of the garden sites are not suitable for the Washington metro area, there is an element of design I store in my notes to use in my work. It could be a combination of textures, scale, color palette or type of container.

Not all design inspirations are found at grand, spectacular gardens. For instance, a walk with my dog allows me time to reflect on my surroundings in Arlington. Sometimes, I am delighted by an interesting plant combination or a well designed and constructed patio or front walk.

I took the photos on my site. The only exceptions are the shots of me! If you are intrigued by one of the images on my site, chances are it was taken one of the locations listed below.

Stained glass design image used on my site: designed by the talented, Sue Stephan Yost

The two other Inspirations who helped make this site a reality — a big bouquet of roses to both Steve Bunn and Frank Leone. Without their guidance, technical assistance and patience,
this site would not exist. As far as I know, they are still my friends.

Jardin des Plantes, Paris, 2003, France

International Garden Festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2004, France

International Flora Montreal 2006 Metro Washington, DC area
Bartram’s Garden, 2009, Philadelphia, PA Musee du Vieil Aix, Aix-en-Provence, 2005, France
Chateau du Villandry, 2007, France Felicita Gardens, 2008, Harrisburg, PA
The Read Building, 2008, Falls Church, VA Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 2006, Portland, OR
Seven Gables Inn, Pacific Grove, 2009, CA Good Samaritan Village, 2009, Kissimmee, FL
Isle-sur-Sorge, 2004, France California Academy of Sciences Museum, 2009, San Francisco, CA

Photo permission by request only.