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DynaScape Creator & More

with Natalie Green   This week on Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw welcomes Natalie Green from DynaScape Software to discuss their newest product, Creator. About Natalie Green Natalie is the Director of Product Development at DynaScape, working to understand the needs of landscape designers and build easy-to-use, modern solutions to efficiently create beautiful, functional, …Read more

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Landscape Design: Luxury or Necessity?

This solo episode of Down the Garden Path is a bit of a rant! Recently, I heard landscape design referred to as a luxury product, giving the illusion that only the wealthy need one. I disagree. Despite the initial investment, I believe landscape design will save you money in both the short and the long …Read more

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Before & After: A Larger Garden for Lower Maintenance

Here is a lovely garden before and after that shows low maintenance is really about the right plants in the right spot and the importance of creating a larger garden to accommodate the growth of the plants. Thats right! Making the garden larger is lower maintenance. The plants fill in appropriately and you are not …Read more

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Ask a Designer: Step Options in Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping, the choices for steps are as varied as the gardens they lead to. From the rustic charm of natural stone steps to the modern allure of concrete, each option offers its own unique blend of functionality and style. Whether you’re looking for a seamless transition from your porch to your …Read more

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Ask a Designer: Retaining Wall Options

Retaining walls can be used as a design feature in landscaping but often, they are included out of necessity. Most, not necessarily all, landscapes come with grade changes. So, depending on how you want to use the space, you may need to install a retaining wall. There are a few options for retaining walls, each …Read more

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Looking Back: Heaven is a Garden, Part 2

Before Down the Garden Path became a podcast, it was a weekly radio show on RealityRadio101.com! In part two of this “vintage” episode from October 2016, Joanne Shaw continues her discussion with highly regarded landscape designer, author and teacher, Jan Johnsen. They explore many of the ancient traditions from all over the world that Jan …Read more

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Looking Back: Heaven is a Garden, Part 1

Before Down the Garden Path became a podcast, it was a weekly radio show on RealityRadio101.com! In part one of this “vintage” episode from October 2016, Joanne Shaw discusses landscape design with Jan Johnsen. A highly regarded landscape designer, author and teacher, Jan has a passion for plants and beautiful gardens. In her book, Heaven …Read more

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Looking Back: Hellstrip Gardening

Before Down the Garden Path became a podcast, it was a weekly radio show on RealityRadio101.com! In this “vintage” episode from September 2016, Joanne Shaw discusses hellstrip gardening with author Evelyn Hadden, a national speaker and author of four garden books, including Hellstrip Gardening. What’s a Hellstrip? We all contend with that troublesome stretch between …Read more

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2023 Podcasts at a Glance

With just a few days left in 2023, we thought we’d wrap up the year by looking back at the many gardening topics we covered over the past 12 months! From terrariums and groundcover to carnivorous plants and growing holly, Joanne and Matthew did their best to cover relevant, timely topics for your garden. While …Read more

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Behind the Scenes at Longwood Gardens

This past September, I attended The Garden Bloggers Fling in Philadelphia. Philadelphia was an amazing choice for the 2023 Fling. Featuring 38 public gardens over 30 square miles, Philadelphia is truly a gardener’s dream destination. The first stop on our 2023 Fling in Philadelphia was Longwood Gardens. A public garden started in the 1800s by …Read more

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