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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Inquisitive designers and curious gardeners
get out to see what other people do in their gardens.
Designers are collaborative by nature and
should be fearless garden editors.
Stroll through a few of our favorite gardens
that provide us - and maybe you - with inspiration.

See the garden list below; then click on this collage to visit all of the gardens:

FAMOUS GARDENS

GARDENS WE VISITED

Chanticleer
Chateau val Joanis
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chihuly Glass Garden
Cornerstone
Denver Botanic Garden
Edinburgh RBG
Filoli
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Inverewe
Jardin d'Alchemiste
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lotusland
Ninfa
Portland Japanese Garden
RHS Wisley Garden
Ruth Bancroft Garden
Sunnylands
The Alhambra
The High Line
The Lurie Garden
Villa d'Este

THE DESIGNER'S GARDEN

With nearly 50 years as an ardent gardener,
Vanessa has created a display garden full of
design experimentation, with new plants,
plant combinations, and ideas on 1/2 of
the one-acre property owned since 1990.
The other third is a wild ravine where
we love to watch what Mother Nature does,
but where we have finally decided to
take a hand to restore Mother Nature,
eliminate the invasive plants, and plant
more native plants.

The theme of the upper garden is
"Peace Through Culture",
inspired by painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich.
Garden art designed by Vanessa for this garden
has one important criteria: show what two
or more cultures have in common.

Dragonfly Hollow

What's up at Dragonfly Hollow?

See the collage of photos below and click on the top photo to take a look at our Ravine Project.

The Ravine Project

Top left going right: A new gate to the Ravine Garden; pebble mosaic steps allow us to travel from the bridge out into the middle stroll garden; A small, Lutyens-style bench stained in red-orange makes this view even more special; Custom colored concrete and made just for us, we FINALLY have our fire pit surrounded by the gabion seat wall; a stand to hang the special bell that Vanessa brought back from the Beijing Dirt Street Market; our new Pétanque court with pebble mosaic circle from which to play; our incredibly downsized water feature; we now have 3 red umbrellas, which are a real asset in the outdoor living area on hot, sunny days; (center) the deck seating beneath our Forest Pansy redbud tree with spray-stained wicker chairs.

collage of Dragonfly Hollow features

Our Lawn Removal Project:
Click on the photo below to learn more about how we replaced our lawn.

Camassia in the blue meadow
Camassia mixed with a blue sedge.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY
ABOUT VANESSA

"My mind returns to the garden of designer and author
Vanessa Nagel, Dragonfly Hollow.
This garden included some striking formal elements,
including a magnificent topiary peacock,
clipped hedges and strong axial points,
as well as fluid curves and soft, wispy plantings
within the circular garden shapes."

Kate Bryant, Portland, OR (reporting on the HPSO 2011 Study Weekend)

"So enjoyed your garden tonight and seeing
all the editing you're doing. Your art and design
in the garden is so unique and truly wonderful.
You have so much plant material that's put
together in such rich combinations.
Thank you so much for sharing with us all!"

Carolyn, Battle Ground, WA

"Thanks so much for opening your garden to us.
It was glorious."

Alyse, Portland, OR

GARDENS NEED ART

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We LOVE art in any garden.
Click on the photo to see some of ours and
some we've seen in other gardens we have visited.

Are you inspired yet?

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"We had better figure out a way to grow things in asphalt before we cover the world with it."
Rodger Swain

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"Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything."
Albert Einstein

A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

SEASONS Garden Design practices and recommends
a sustainable approach to landscape design.
The word 'sustainable' is ambiguous.
Learn more about it below and why it is so
important to our ecology, our way of life, and our planet.
Here in Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington,
we can do our part.

WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN?

  • More than recycling, it is an attitude that respects our relationship with the world in which we live to the extent that we do not destroy our environment. We leave our planet the way we found it...or better.
  • Considers everything we use from 'cradle to cradle'. This philosophy regards everything involved in the manufacture of products:
  • origin of product and components
  • sustainable and easily renewable products with minimized use of other resources
  • product life and its recyclability into the same product 
  • fuel expended in moving resources and products from place to place or product manufacturing
  • recycling process
  • More than organic, which describes a way of growing plants
  • Limits our use of natural or nonrenewable resources, like water and fuel; using renewable resources

THE CASE FOR PERMACULTURE

  • "integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems.
  • studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale.
  • is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development."

eco-friendly ideas to steal
SUSTAINABLE READING

Understanding Garden Design
Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD

Teaming With Microbes
Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis

The Self-Sustaining Garden
The Self-Sustaining Garden
Peter Thompson

Rain Gardens
Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape
Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden

Sustainable Landscape Construction
Sustainable Landscape Construction
Kim Sorvig & J. William Thompson

American Meadow Garden
The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn
John Greenlee & Saxon Holt

Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
Planting Green Roofs and
Living Walls
Noël Kingsbury and Nigel Dunnett

Practical Permaculture
Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth
Jessi Bloom &
Dave Boehnlein

Small Green Roofs
Small Green Roofs
Nigel Dunnett

Sustainaspeak
Sustainaspeak
Elizabeth Lewis

Bringing Nature Home
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Douglas W. Tallamy

The Truth About Organic Gardening
The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks,
and the Bottom Line

Jeff Gilman

Naturalistic Planting Design
Naturalistic Planting Design
Nigel Dunnett

Landscapes of Change
Landscapes of Change: Innovative Designs & Reinvented Sites
Roxi Thoren

RECYCLED GARDEN ART

collage of recycled art
Left around right: steel birdbath, mosaic table top, recycled glass & ceramic tower,
old twig bench, laundry basket/moss planter, concrete pipe, and terra cotta column

GREEN LINKS

Sustainable Sites Initiativee
Sustainable Sites Initiative

Native Plant Society of Oregon
Native Plant Society of Oregon

Oregon Tilth
Oregon Tilth

Plant Native
Plant Native

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Friends of Trees
Friends of Trees

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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