Thursday, December 3, 2009


Our gardens often offer an invitation to enjoy what we’ve created, to share an important part of who we are. I consider my garden to be an intensely personal space; it’s a reflection of myself and what’s important to me. Every time I walk by these garden entrances (see photos) on my daily walks with Barney, I feel like each is an invitation to explore. Although I’ve never ventured into either garden, I’m intrigued nonetheless, and look to these and many more gardens for inspiration for my own yard.

We’d like to invite you into a beautiful space…actually many beautiful spaces…at the 2010 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by Dennis’ Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, February 12-14, at the Oregon Convention Center. The show is built around our belief that LIFE IS GOOD IN THE GARDEN, which includes having fun, relaxing, sharing space with friends and family, and living, playing and dining in the garden.

The display gardens and plants sales are the most often mentioned reasons people attend the show. Three designers/contractors are new to the 2010 gardens (Sean Hogan/Cistus Nursery, Hughes Water Gardens, and All Oregon Landscaping) and five more are returning from last year (All Natural Landscape, Autumn Leaf Landscaping/Green Leaf Design, Classic Garden Creations, Dennis’ Seven Dees Landscaping, and Matt Sanders Landscaping). Each garden will be unique. And each garden will offer ideas for our own yards.

Stay tuned for more inspiration, including outdoor cooking classes, lawn bowling, wine and beer beverage gardens, live music, garden artists, more designed spaces from landscape designers and many educational seminars, including—you heard it here first!—Dan Hinkley (thanks to Monrovia).

Our new website will be live the week of December 7. Check it out at

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