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Horticultural Artist

Landscape Design and Maintenance

Although I love to garden as a hobby, I am NOT a gardener! I am a "Horticultural Artist". I create beautiful places, living, growing, works of art, that improve with age.

I often have people approach me at work with landscape questions. I have tried, in these pages, to address all of the common questions that I am asked, as well as the common mistakes I see made. I don't claim to know it all, but I have gained considerable knowledge in my 10+ years of proffessional landscaping. If you have a question, feel free to Email me, and I will do my best to answer it.

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Me, my truck, and my chainsaw: Photo

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This site is my "release" when I get home from work most days, so it is constantly growing and changing. Check back often. You never know what you might find. I just bought a house, and plan to have lots of photos as I redo my yard. I also have some other great projects in the works.

Although basic horticultural principles are the same anywhere, Some of my information may be geared more towards the southeast.

Don't touch your crape myrtles until you read this!
Spring Flowers!

Spring means everything is green and growing! Flowers are blooming! It makes me feel sorry for anyone who is stuck indoors all day. I'm so lucky to be able to work outdoors, with all the wonderful plants and flowers! Spring in Tennessee means lots of Azaleas and Tulips! I have photographed some beautiful places that Mother Nature and I have worked on. Take a look at some colorful spring photos.

Azaleas page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
Tulips Page 1
Tulips Page 2 Springtime in Tennessee
Summer Flowers

Summer is the time for annuals, & many perinnials to put on their show. I've got some photos here for you of some of my summer plantings. Unfortuately, I am not a very good photographer, so many of the photos that I had hoped would be the best, just didn't turn out very well. Anyway, here are the ones that did turn out pretty good:

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They say practice makes perfect, so hopefully I'll get better at the picture taking. I'll add and/or change photos as I take some better ones.

Flower Lady Pages

Click on the title of the page you want to visit.

The Flower Lady- Horticultural Artist
The Flower Lady on Flowers
The Key to a Good Landscape
The Mulch Page
The Right Tool
Help for the Horticulturally Challenged
More help for the Horticulturally Challenged
How to Find Competent Landscape Professionals
A Landscape as a Work of Art
Design Disasters (and Bad Ideas)
These Plants Deserve Some Respect (Southern "Icons")
An Ounce of Prevention

The Pruning Page
The Planting/Transplanting Page
Azalea Photo Pages
Don't Send Me Flowers

I work for a large commercial landscape company in Memphis, Tennessee. I earned my nickname, the "Flower Lady" because of the many large commercial flower beds that I plant; up to 10,000 flowers on a single property, and I do many properties. Many people call it hard work. I call it Fun! Many people call me a workaholic, but I just love what I do. Actually, my specialty is not flowers, but trim work; trimming trees and shrubs. I spend about 3 1/2 months each year planting flowers. The rest of the time I spend mostly trimming, and planting a few trees and shrubs. I guess my flowers are what people notice most, because nobody ever calls me the "Trim Lady. I enjoy turning overgrown and neglected plants into works of art.

Its hard to say which is more fun, planting a new landscape from scratch, or fixing up an old, overgrown one. Either way at the end of the day, I know that I've made a part of this earth more beautiful!

Fall is a Busy Time!

Contrary to popular belief, Summer is the slow time for making improvements to your landscape. Fall is the time to divide most perinnials, and to plant trees and shrubs. The greatest root growth occurs in the fall, so fall plantings have the best chance to become esablished, and prepare for their spring and summer growth. Fall is also a much more pleasant time to work outdoors, since its much cooler. Fall is also the time to plant pansies for winter long color. (unless you live way up north, where they'd be buried under ice & snow all winter.) It's also the time to plant spring bulbs.

Fall or winter is also the best time for pruning most plants.

Winter, time to get ready for spring!

Time to get out that pole pruner, loppers, and spade! Winter is major pruning time! If you've been planning to move some plants, winter is the time to do it. Plants are dormant, and come spring, won't even know they've been moved.

You unfortunate people who live where the ground is frozen all winter should move your plants just before or after it freezes. Winter is also a great time to mulch all your beds. The heat from the mulch will keep you warm.

OK, I've been in my houe for a year now, & I've been working on my yard. It was a mess when I bought it, but with tons of potential. I've added a pond, and my backyard is now a certified wildlife habitat.(through the National Wildlife Federation) When things slow down this fall & winter, I promise to add some photos of my accomplishments.

For now, to show you what I started with, here are some "before pictures"

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