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Home Show Zen

Another fine collaboration with Greenscape Landscape for the 2014 Spokane Home Show creating a garden experience inspired by elements of Japanese design – shelter, stone, water and beautiful plants. The central feature of our garden is a rustic arbor constructed of repurposed telephone poles. Shaded from harsh sun and lightly enclosed with an open air . . . continue reading
Barbara Safranek Design Home Show

Rites of Spring

Giant snowflakes are coming to repose on needles and branches out my office window but I know gardeners are starting their springtime rituals – placing catalogue orders, sprouting seeds, cleaning and sharpening diggers and clippers. One of my rites of spring is attending the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle. It’s a mid-winter illusion . . . continue reading
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The Creative Journey

Award Winning Landscape Where do we start? How does this work? These are questions often asked by folks interested in a professionally designed landscape that will stand out in beauty and performance. Landscape design, like any creative work, is rarely a linear process, but there are points along the way that are important in every . . . continue reading
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Front Yard Living

Here in the north we are basking in the long warm days of July. Summertime – a hair past the solstice and the livin’ is easy! Kids play outside until dark and friends indulge in after dinner strolls. It’s a perfect time for front yard living, whether it’s people-watching in your adirondack chair or a . . . continue reading
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Pot Prep 101

Keys to stunning pots; Siting, filling and watering your year-round pots. 1) Take time in placing and evaluating the location of your pots. Is the effect what you imagined? Is the color and sheen of the pot shown off to best advantage? Is there visual balance with other features of your house and landscape? Is . . . continue reading
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A New Kind of Landscape

Spokane is ready for a new kind of landscape: Garden focused, environment conscious, regionally expressive, life enhancing! In my residential Spokane landscape architecture practice, the design process starts with the client. I’ve been asked many times ‘What is your garden style?’ or “What is your favorite plant?”. Of course I have my favorites, but ascertaining . . . continue reading
Sustainable Gardening – Children at Play – Barbara Safranek Design

Keeping It Real – Creating a Sustainable Garden

  Our Spokane area is rich in natural and man-made resources. ‘Keeping It Real’ is about grounding ourselves – and our gardens – in practices that create lasting health for our lives and for our environment. As a Spokane Landscape Designer in collaboration with the craftsmen at Greenscape Landscaping, Barbara created a sustainable display landscape . . . continue reading
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Investment Pottery

  Pots In The Garden: Container Gardening in the Inland Northwest   Spring is coming in a few months and if you’re like me you are feverishly anticipating pots of billowing summer color. I would like to suggest that this spring you take a long view on containers and think about adding enduring, freeze-resistant pottery . . . continue reading