#Chanticleer Garden’s elevated #walkway and a show-stopper #plant #ada

I’ve been to Chanticleer gardens many times since first moving to the area to study landscape architecture almost 15 years ago. The organization is known for excelling as a display garden, with incredibly managed and curated outdoor rooms and spaces that truly transcends our imaginations and senses in terms of what can be accomplished when … More #Chanticleer Garden’s elevated #walkway and a show-stopper #plant #ada

#Schmidt’s Commons: Failed #piazza, successful #urban destination.

I spent my lunchbreak sunning at Schmidt’s Commons, a 80,000 square-foot, open-air urban space in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia that’s part of a larger mixed-use development district. The entire complex comprises of 35 artists’ studios and boutiques and several restaurants. The property was developed by Bart Blatstein as “the Piazza” and then sold to Kushner Properties in 2013, … More #Schmidt’s Commons: Failed #piazza, successful #urban destination.

Lotusland, CA

July 2017 marks another great journey to California’s Central Coast, and on this trip was a special visit to Lotusland, located in the Santa Barbara region of the Central Coast. I had previously been in the area just a year before in March to see Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, which is absolutely stunning in the … More Lotusland, CA

Wave Hill

I had the pleasure of visiting Wave Hill  in late May on a warm Saturday by way of Megabus, Metro-North Hudson Line, and some urban hiking. Located in the Hudson River Highlands in Riverdale, Bronx in New York City, the property overlooks the commanding Hudson River and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Views are an important feature … More Wave Hill

The Highline NYC

**updated 6/2017 In 1934, an elevated rail line was opened on the West Side of Manhattan as an efficient way to transport goods from the industrial center today enjoyed my many as West Chelsea. But as we saw emerge post-war through a series of national transportation  initiatives, the automobile was king in America. A grand … More The Highline NYC

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

During my California trip I spent a day at the Huntington, a collections-based educational and research institution in Southern California. What I like about this institution is its equal parity with living and non-living collections. In this case the “living” is a great assortment of plants assembled into a botanic garden, and the “non-living” consists … More The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens