Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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76 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 the overall design, whether it's the textiles on the terrace furniture or the color of the shutters on the house. HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS INTO YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS? We have our version of the 80/20 rule—80% of our plants just need to be maintained rather than replaced or replanted each year. Certainly, when there are existing trees on the property, it's always my preference to save them; we'll design around them or move them to a better spot. A lot of the lawns we use are zoysia, which is drought resistant, and dune grasses are also becoming more popular, as well as butterfly bushes, which attract and create an ecosystem. FINALLY, WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON WORKING WITH GARDENS HAS TAUGHT YOU? Patience. It's like when you see yourself in a certain way or you make plans for your life, but the timing isn't quite right. That just means you were practicing, but you weren't yet ready. Gardens don't always turn out the way we think they will because nature has its own ideas. You can have a very strict point of view, but you have to be open-minded that there might be another way. PHOTOS (THIS SPREAD AND PREVIOUS PAGE, BOTTOM RIGHT) BY NICK SARGENT

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