• Adding Rock Plants to Your Garden

    Taco Winter

    With their delicate detail and exquisite form, alpines and other rock plants have a particular fascination-the wonder of the miniature. Rock Garden Basics Since the original habitats of many species are mountainous and rocky regions, they are for the most part hardy and can tolerate thin, stony soils, and some can survive drying winds. Provided…

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  • Garden Design from a Florist’s Perspective

    Taco Winter

    The garden of her Surrey home is dotted with pots at every turn: some decorative, some functional, some planted and others empty, but all carefully placed for effect. One year, to welcome winter visitors, Penny planted a pair of clipped standard conifers with a cushion of skimmias beneath, their red berries contrasting cheerfully with the…

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  • Painting Rocks in Oil

    Taco Winter

    Harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large areas and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself and the manner in which it’s applied. These textural contrasts add dimension to a painting and please the eye. Painting Rocks: Thin…

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  • Tips for Hanging Your Artwork Professionally

    Taco Winter

    Hanging and displaying art and photographs baffles many, but there’s a simple art gallery industry formula that you can learn to help you professionally hang your artwork. Whether you’re preparing for a show in a coffee shop, your studio or hanging art in your home, these simple guidelines will help you showcase your art in a professional way. Tools you…

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  • Guide to Art Paper, Canvas and Panels

    Taco Winter

    We often hear that when it comes to making art, it’s important to experiment. While I wholeheartedly agree with this, I’ve found from personal experience that it’s much more satisfying and productive to experiment with guidance. I love to play around with different markers, pens, and paints, for example, but it’s so much more helpful to talk…

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  • How to Pick the Right Shape for Your Plant Pot

    Taco Winter

    If your starting point is a plant, rather than a location, choose your pot accordingly: for example, a hydrangea will need a much larger pot than a geranium. If your outdoor space is limited, you may want to plant up one large container, but in a larger location you can combine several pots of varying…

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  • Landscaping Ideas for Greener Grass

    Taco Winter

    Green lawns-yours, your neighbours’-are good for property values, and the pressure for upkeep can be intense. In some places, it’s nonnegotiable-as Betty Perry, a 70-year-old widow in Orem, Utah, found out. In July 2007, after refusing to provide her name to a police officer who had cited her for a less-than-lush yard, she was led…

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  • Tips for Garden Landscape Planning

    Taco Winter

    Before getting started on a new garden landscape, it’s best to plan your project on paper first. You can always refine your ideas by developing several versions, but date them so you know which one is current. Here are some top tips for planning out your garden: Map out the Existing Garden Make sure you…

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