We are embarked upon a great adventure, just beginning to learn how to live with the natives. Like the bunchgrasses, we each want a little space around us so as to leave room for the flowers. And like the bunchgrasses, when we grow together we are each a small wave on a spreading pond. --Louise Lacey, Growing Native

The Joy of Wandering

It’s been nice to take a few weeks after the craziness of the holidays to really mull over what I’ve learned from my trip to China. As I return to the massive virtual pile of photos I took, it’s easier to put some of the thoughts and reactions together into patterns. If you had told …

"In garden design there are rules but no fixed formulas and what is important is the inventive application of these rules. The "use of the setting" (adaptation to local conditions, and borrowing scenery) as Ji Cheng said, is the rule." On Chinese Gardens, "Implicitness and Appropriateness" [caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignleft" width="900"]The Humble Administrator's Garden View of the Hanshan Temple from The Humble Administrator's Garden[/caption]

Is it finally time to say goodbye to your lawn?

Don’t let this week’s forecast for heavy rains fool you! Bay Area gardeners are still facing a severe drought this year. The San Francisco Chronicle had a great article today about replacing thirsty lawns. For the full text, follow the link. Or just skip down to the important bit about the cities currently offering rebates …

"Making a distinction between large and small gardens, between in-position and in-motion viewing, country and city gardens, is known as doing what is "appropriate". --Chen Congzhou, On Chinese GardensImplicitness and Appropriateness
"In garden design there are rules but no fixed formulas and what is important is the inventive application of these rules. The "use of the setting" (adaptation to local conditions, and borrowing scenery) as Ji Cheng said, is the rule." On Chinese GardensImplicitness and Appropriateness

Lunch Report

The Garden of Retreat and Reflection

Running down to snatch breakfast before call time– here’s a quick video of the Garden of Retreat and Reflection in Tongli.

Welcome back to the All Seasons

Home sweet home away from home! After a long day filming at The Master of Nets Garden and the most famous restaurant in Suzhou, this is my view…

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