My friends at P. Allen Smith have created a Heart of the Holidays Greenery Cheer Challenge, and I’m up for it! Here’s the scoop: they sent me (and all participants) fresh greenery of our choice from the P. Allen Smith Holiday Collection (available at Home Depot), and then our challenge is to style/decorate/use it in […]

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Luke’s Labyrinth

by Jenny Peterson on April 22, 2012

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Today, my son Luke has his Court of Honor for his Eagle scout award–it’s been a long process and we are so happy and proud of him! He completed his Eagle project last fall–a rock-lined labyrinth at a local church. Those of you who have read my blog for awhile will know that I’m a […]


Friday Mish-Mash Up

by Jenny Peterson on April 6, 2012

in Gardening Tips,Projects

Sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL lately! My life has been upside down–in a good way–these last few weeks. First, and most importantly, I got engaged to The Hunky Foreman! I’m not too proud to share a pic taken right afterwards–yes, I’m in my bathrobe and don’t have any makeup on–but it was after midnight […]


5 Uses for Pumpkin

by Jenny Peterson on November 3, 2011

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I know Halloween is over, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we’re still not done with pumpkins yet! Aside from decorating with them and carving them, what can you do? As it turns out, plenty! I’m amazed that, although I consider myself a big DIYer and cook/baker, I’ve never done most of these. […]


Fall Container Planting Round-Up

by Jenny Peterson on October 18, 2011

in Garden Design,Projects

After 10 years designing landscapes for my clients, part of which includes container planting, I’d like to think I’ve come up with a few pretty good ideas. But I’m not alone–I happen to have a ton of talented friends who have some awesome ideas of their own! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your […]


Bottle Garden

by Jenny Peterson on September 23, 2011

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Stumble Upon is an awesome tool! While stumbling, I came across this bottle garden from Design Sponge: Is this not cool? I looked over the directions–it does seem a bit fussy (cutting & sanding bottles, cutting screens) , but I’m guessing the initial work offsets how easy it is to grow these plants hydroponically. If […]


Strawberry Fields Project: Update

by Jenny Peterson on July 22, 2011

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A few months ago, I decided to take Corona Tools and Stark Bros up on a challenge–see if I can grow strawberries in a small space! You all know that I garden on a balcony, so I decided to plant the 3 free Tribute strawberries that Stark Bros sent in one of my hayrack planters. […]


Edging & Mulch: Think Outside the Bag

by Jenny Peterson on June 14, 2011

in Garden Design,Projects

Got a bit of a creative streak, you say? Like to add some unexpected touches to your garden? I gotcha covered here. On a recent visit to Lucinda Hutson’s exuberant central Austin garden, I noticed a small bed in the back that was edged with clear bottles. Not steel edging, not rock, but glass bottles. […]


Hanging Gutter Garden

by Jenny Peterson on June 3, 2011

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Don’t you love it when you see an awesome project or garden idea that’s so simple it’s brilliant? Look at this garden in a gutter–it’s been on various sites, but done by Jayme Jenkins from aHa! Home and Garden and then highlighted on the uber-cool  Apartment Therapy site. This project is perfect for someone who […]


Living Wall: Planting Up When You Can’t Plant Out

by Jenny Peterson on June 2, 2011

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We finished the living wall at my new favorite clients’ house! This project was an absolute blast to create! We started with a 10′ x 6′ area of blank fence, which was a privacy issue with the neighbors. It’s also a very narrow area, only about 4′ between the fence and the pool decking, so […]