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Welcome to Garden Chirps!
I make every effort to blog once per week (or more) to keep readers current about what I am up to in the garden or with design. If you have a specific topic you are curious about, please contact me. I'll consider writing about it. Read on below...

Sharpen the Pruning Shears; I’m Ready for Spring.

It’s late January in case you hadn’t noticed. The days are getting a little longer and there’s a wee bit more sun. Time to prune! I’ve already begun with hellebores, which if I don’t clip off the old leaves, the new flowers will have a rather dismal looking skirt. Once I’ve finished with the hellebores (they are […]

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Intentional Serendipity

Serendipity…something to consider in every garden.

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Taking Stock of My 2013 Garden

Following the example of some fellow bloggers, I decided that looking through one’s garden experiences from the past year is a great way to begin 2014. So here is a look at my garden through the year. Click on each photo for a larger view.                     […]

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Seeing Genius Loci

  This October Michael and I travelled to Sedona, AZ. and national parks in Arizona and Utah. It was a journey through geology and I found myself wishing I knew more about geology the farther we travelled. Driving east from the Las Vegas airport, we turned south towards Sedona from the main highway. The terrain […]

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Fluffy Cottage Gardens

  Okay, it has been quite a long time since I’ve created a new post here. I got sidetracked by a couple of other blogs to which I was contributing. I expect to blog much more regularly from now on!! Sometimes a rant is in order and as a designer I certainly take issue with […]

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A Visit to Seattle’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Each year I faithfully travel to Seattle to attend the NW Flower & Garden Show. This year was no different, except that we did have some snow challenges. What’s been different for me these past 2 years is that I also speak at this show. But I can’t resist hearing other talks. Those I listened […]

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Deer ravaged to Deer-proof

Cutting back grasses and ferns is no small task in a large garden. So I’ve begun – a little late, but working furiously. As I do so, I see my Thai spirit house garden has had visitors of the nibbling kind-probably deer. They have chewed down my Eunoymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’ to what looks like the […]

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It lives! Spring is on its way…

I try to take a stroll in my garden every day. At this time of year I am on the hunt for anything in bloom. On recent walks, I’ve discovered the following: colorful Hamamelis ‘Diane’ with its thread-like red blossoms delicate Cyclmen coum fragrant Viburnum bodnantense Others I’ve discovered are Sarcococca (can’t miss its fragrance), […]

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A visit to Dallas for the 2010 APLD International Conference

I had the good fortune to attend and speak at the APLD Conference 2 weeks ago in Dallas, Texas. I was pleasantly surprised that Dallas was even better than I expected, but that was based on a trip over 10 years ago to deal with a commercial interior design high-tech client. We saw more freeway […]

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Open Garden = Hard Work + Satisfaction

So where have I been since May? During the first week of June I traveled to Spokane, via Richland to visit family and Moses Lake to visit friend, Bruce Bailey (Heavy Petal Nursery), then speak to the Inland Empire Gardeners. The following week I took off for California to visit more family. On the way […]

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Garden Chirps is written by Vanessa Gardner Nagel, gutsy garden designer, passionate garden speaker, enthusiastic garden writer/author, and frenetic gardener.