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September 26, 2011


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Garden Design Sydney

This is really attractive garden. We can find Here flourishing banana trees, a stately white brugmansia, a variety of grasses, and the welcoming paths of Lauren's own garden etc. Your post helps to know about the designing and planning the garden. Thank you very much for share this valuable post. I enjoyed visiting this post.

Sam Nicole Gray

Oh wow! Thumbs up for Lauren's garden! Everything looks nice and beautiful, I'm sure a lot of hard work and maintenance was done for that wonderful outcome. Great job!

Riz Reyes

Oh wow, very nice. I'm drooling over the awesome Metapanax delavayi! Can't wait for mine to get that large! Very well kept and well positioned plantings.


I tell you, it's enough to make an ordinary mortal want to go back to bed and pull the covers over her head.

valerie Easton

Hi Lauren,
Thanks for the yew/euonymous correction and for sending "Plant Talk" such great photos of your garden...

Lauren Hall-Behrens

Thank you, Loree.
Nope, Kate you are right... that hedge is Euonymous 'Green Spire'. The Taxus hedge is on the other side of the garden. Yes, its been a busy garden season!
Thank you for such a lovely post, Val!


Nice! But wait, did you switch your Euonymus out for yew? Holy cannoli, you have been busy Lauren! I love your garden.

Loree / danger garden

Lauren's garden is a favorite, such beautiful and exciting space to explore.

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  • Petal & Twig Made The New York Times!
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  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
  • "Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers.....The result will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire."

In the News

  • Montreal Blogger Reviews "A Pattern Garden"
    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
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The New Low Maintenance Garden

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    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
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