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About christinedarnelldesignstudio

Christine Darnell Design Studio is a landscape and garden design studio in Chester, CT. Imaginative plant combinations characterize the work with an artist’s eye towards texture and color. A strong commitment to environmentally considerate design runs through the practice, the support of local nurseries, and guidance towards the most environmentally sustainable materials and products. Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT , Wetlands Commissioner for the Town of Chester, Vice President, APLD, Connecticut Chapter.

Iron in the Garden

Originally posted on Garden Shoots:
I have a thing about ornamental metal work in the garden. I like it a lot, if it’s well designed and works with the space it’s in. There are so many ways to use it – benches…

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The Blushing Beauties of the Spring Garden

Originally posted on Fine Foliage:
Many Japanese maples exhibit beautiful spring color We expect the color blast in our spring garden to come from flowers – daffodils, tulips, bleeding heart and primroses  are just a few I am enjoying in my own…

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Winter Flowering and Fabulous

  This is a must have in the garden for me –  an early flowering witch hazel: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’. It is considered by many to be one of the best cultivars to result from crossing Hamamelis mollis, a Chinese cultivar and H. japonica, a Japanese cultivar. Attributes … Continue reading

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Wishlist For 2014:

A design mix for a new small seating section of the front garden:   Inspiration is H.F. du Pont’s Sundial Garden at Winterthur – spring color progression choreographed to change gradually, week by week.  Snowball Viburnam (Viburnum x carlcephalum) – … Continue reading

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5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Garden:

Winter is dreary, and the months can drag on for what seems like forever. But that makes it the perfect time to start thinking about the big picture: overhauling your garden, repaving a walkway, adding a focal element to create … Continue reading

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The 7 to 1 Solution Tip or Pickling your Paperwhites:

I love to grow paperwhite narcissus bulbs to give as gifts this time of year, and to fill my house with their fragrance and flowers during the holidays. Simply placed in a shallow bowl with some stone or gravel, or … Continue reading

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Acer rubrum

Great comparison, don’t you think? Some fall color by Barbara Yaeger Landscape Design

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Monarchs Fight for Their Lives

In The New York Times this week Verlyn Klinkenborg has written with sensitivity and passion about the Monarch Butterfly’s fight for its life in recent years. Here is the link: One study the author cites suggests Monarchs might very likely … Continue reading

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APLDCT Designer Forum – Groundcovers

Originally posted on APLD Connecticut Chapter:
Here’s a look at some of the photos that didn’t make it into the  APLDCT Designer Forum article on Groundcovers in the July/August edition of Connecticut Gardener magazine. © Carrie Greenwald of Maher & Greenwald, Stamford © Debbie…

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Using Pinterest to find Fine Foliage

Originally posted on Fine Foliage:
http://fine-foliage.com/2013/02/26/beauty-and-the-beast/ This week, I just had to relay a lovely thing that happened to me! When I’m not writing for Fine Foliage, and I’m not working on my business as “The Personal Garden Coach”, and…

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