Monday, March 2, 2009

VANISHING THRESHOLD

updated January 2013
VANISHING THRESHOLD: COMBINING LIFE, HOUSE & GARDEN
Tara's most popular title.
When your life, house and garden flow into a Vanishing Threshold your template for a lifestyle infused with joy has begun. Vanishing Threshold is an organic life starting with you, your interior furnishings, how your landscape flows from the interior views to your property lines.
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Your garden is a moat of grace around your home, and your home is a focal point of grace from the garden views.
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Beware, this topic has the power to change lives.
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Tap into this very real energy.
THE GARDEN VIEW: DESIGNS for BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES
From Tara's book. Views from inside your home begin the garden's design for a tranquil outdoor haven. Learn how to site benches, birdbaths, statues, and unusual plantings along the viewing angles from your house and other line-of-sight areas in the landscape.



From Tara's book........
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BEAUTIFUL by DESIGN: STUNNING BLUEPRINTS for HARMONIOUS GARDENS
This book is about focal points. Style, placement, quality, and height go into choosing the best focal points for a beautiful landscape. Learn the rules for buying a focal point, focal point illusions, focal point vignettes, low maintenance focal points and more.
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Pollinator Habitat: Ultimate Destination
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Why did I agree to this title when asked?  Stunning conclusions.  Boring?  Hardly.  Learn what the best vegetable gardens don't have and why enjoying blooms in your garden each day are the cure for our environment and key to filling your spiritual well.
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Decades were spent studying historic ornamental landscapes across Europe only to begin connecting the dots from there to the local vegetable patch.  Revolutionary results simple to accomplish in your own garden.
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From decreasing HVAC expenses at your home to increasing commercial agriculture yields, and more, this topic is HOT.
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TARA DILLARD'S GARDEN DESIGN FORMULATara's landscape design formula was created after years of observation in America, Europe & the Middle East. Noticing which landscapes succeeded at beauty and survived with little care, little money, little water, and no chemicals.
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A formula for beginning gardeners, experienced & professional.
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Tara uses this formula to create award winning landscapes.
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Use Tara's landscape design formula to create a landscape that's beautiful, attractive to birds/butterflies, organic, sustainable, enriching to your soul, and raises property value.
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Learn historical landscape design rules and why breaking them is liberating.
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Create your own unique landscape.
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GARDENING AT 80

What type of landscape design will keep you in your home past the age of 80? It's about beauty in Vanishing Threshold with the house. Minimal maintenance that can be performed without knowledgeable workers. Using rain water only and placing the right plant in the right spot to be rid of pruning.

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A fearlessness of simplicity yet imperious demands of beauty.

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A landscape for any age. For any era.

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Why this title? Over the past 2-3 years I've been hired to design landscapes for various women, ages 70 up, who are single and wish to remain in their home. Aside from feeling honored I feel extremely challenged. If life tosses health problems, money worries, and a leaking roof, landscape issues could make them decide to move.

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Designs I did for these women have been the best of my career.

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HYDRANGEAS: DESIGN, PROPAGATING, PRUNING, DRYING

Past president of the American Hydrangea Society, Tara knows the romance of hydrangeas for landscape and life. Learn where to place hydrangeas and their companions.
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Pruning, propagating and drying are easy with these girls.
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All things hydrangea for a beautiful life.

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From Tara's book.
GARDEN PATHS & STEPPING STONES

Paths are one of the first elements to design, and to install in a landscape. Paths draw the foot, the eye and the emotions. They build mystery in the landscape. And they help you take out the trash.

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Paths allow energy, feng shui, to flow in your landscape.

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Each site is unique and so are its paths. Paths don't have to be expensive. Many types of paths don't require skilled labor.

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Paths, in focus, are those you can do yourself.

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THE GARDENS OF ITALY: POLITICS, RELIGION & SEX

Ask a woman in New York City how to achieve her 'look' and she'll tell you where to shop.
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Ask an Italian woman how to achieve her 'look' and she'll tell you her philosophy of life.
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Gain a philosophy of your landscape from the landscapes of Italy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

LESSONS LEARNED FROM A GARDEN TOUR OF SCOTLAND & ENGLAND Centuries of garden lessons from landscapes that have performed beautifully for centuries.
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Scotland was my first landscape study destination outside the USA. Their professional gardeners were the most hired throughout Europe at the time.
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I'm still amazed at what I learned that was not even mentioned while getting a horticulture degree in the USA.
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM A GARDEN TOUR OF FRANCE & ENGLAND
You must see the French garden still filtering into each landscape I design.
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Gasoline has been expensive since WWII in Europe. Gardening is expensive in Europe. They consistently produce the world's most beautiful landscapes with incredibly small budgets.
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Again, centuries of garden lessons from landscapes that have performed beautifully for centuries.
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VINES: CONSIDER THEM FIRST

Gertrude Jekyll, the world's first garden designer said, The first thing I consider when designing a garden is what to put on the house.

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Vines provide an element of lushness for little effort.

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Big impact, little input.

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THE GARDEN IN WINTER


A landscape designed for beauty in winter will be beautiful all year. Landscapes beautiful in May remind me of a Frank Sinatra song, Memories of midnight that fell apart at dawn.

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Design for winter and your landscape won't fall apart all year.

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Evergreens are the bones of winter and the entire year. Focal points, paths, axis.

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Rosemary Verey wrote, The Garden in Winter. It's one of the best landscape design books you can place on your shelf.




TARA DILLARD BIOGRAPHY

Tara Dillard
Garden Designer Tara Dillard is nationally recognized, and nationally award winning, garden designer, author, and speaker who hosted her own CBS-TV show, The Better Gardening Show.
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Degreed in engineering and horticulture, she designs and contracts home & garden construction emphasizing low maintenance, little water, increased property value, lowered HVAC bills, pollinator habitats.
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Author of 5 books, including Garden Paths and Stepping Stones, Beautiful by Design, and The Garden View, Tara writes magazine articles and maintains a landscape design blog, www.TaraDillard.com.
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Tara Dillard, aka Puppet Barbuda, is USA's first landscape design critic. Puppet Barbuda appears, www.TaraDillard.blogspot.com. Look for Tara on Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter also.
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Based in Atlanta, GA, Tara lectures & designs nationally/locally. Tara knows creating a beautiful landscape creates a beautiful life, a moat of grace.

Sunday, February 15, 2009