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January 25, 2010


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I don't really like modern stuff for courtyards because they look to urban, they have lost the natural "template" from ancient time, the idea for me it's that they should look very natural.

Tracy Borgen

Hi Val,
What a cool wall! I need to take a road trip to Portland.

valerie Easton

Hi Kara,
I think all the pavers are concrete...but you could contact the landscape architects mentioned in the blog post to ask about that. Or better yet, make a trip to Portland and check it out for inspiration...

Good luck with your modern garden..


I am in the process of putting in a modern garden and have had a hard time deciding on pavers, do you know what material the square pavers are in the photo? Thank you!

valerie Easton

Hi Kate,
So glad you enjoyed the HPSO event at Reed College - I really liked the more relaxed, collaborative post-talk chat too - seems to invite audience participation.....

Thanks for writing,


Incredible - and since I'm in PDX, it will be easy to go see it. Thanks for the tip. Heck, maybe I'll be staring at it as early as tonight with a glass of wine in hand... And btw, I really enjoyed your talk at Reed on Saturday. I think collaborative post-talk chats (as you did with Lauren) are the way to go in future.


I like the vertical garden with the rusted metal panel.


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