GARDENING with KIDS

I recently found this image from so many years ago — it’s me with my wonderful Dad in a garden. I don’t remember this picture, it just fell out of an old box of pictures last week, but it made me remember how he instilled a love of gardening in me. I think it’s genetic.Continue reading “GARDENING with KIDS”

Spring Flowers for Container Gardens

By Deborah Hornblow, Hartford Magazine Many gardeners and homeowners decorate their porches and patios with pots full of plants in summer, but springtime offers an opportunity to welcome the new season with container plantings created especially for this time of year. “After a cold, gray winter, the sight of a colorful planter at a frontContinue reading “Spring Flowers for Container Gardens”

Janie McCabe Selected for Colorblends Spotlight

Janie McCabe, owner of M.J. McCabe Garden Design and popular shoreline landscape and garden designer, has recently been selected for a Colorblends spotlight on the website Bulb Design Notes. “We reached out to three designers whose work we admire and asked if they’d be willing to share the thinking behind some of their successful springContinue reading “Janie McCabe Selected for Colorblends Spotlight”

Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that reflects the very core of Zen philosophy. Age, imperfection and impermanence are the underlying qualities inherent in Wabi-Sabi. This cultivated and refined approach in all art forms suggests the sublime transient beauty in all living things. It is a significant concept in Japanese culture, and one that can beContinue reading “Finding Beauty in Imperfection”

Our Constant Sentinels of the Garden

Multi-layered use of many varied evergreens — creates an intimate and private garden in an otherwise open suburban landscape A tightly pruned yew hedge creates the walls in this autumn garden defining a nice sense of enclosure Elegant Chamaecyparis trees delineate the property line and look their best in the Winter covered with snow andContinue reading “Our Constant Sentinels of the Garden”

Walk This Way

When designing walkways for your home think of them as being generous in size, well-defined and most importantly very inviting — aim for them to be at least 4-6’ wide to give maximum appeal. Walkways that are lavish in size and possess a natural kinship to the site feel well organized and inviting to visitors.Continue reading “Walk This Way”

Dreaming Roses

When we think of Roses it immediately conjures up lots of romantic thoughts— our grandmothers may have had fabulous beds of roses, weddings are festooned with roses — they are luscious, fragrant and abundant in our contemplated garden. When thinking about designing a new garden everyone wants to weave in some of these fanciful beautiesContinue reading “Dreaming Roses”

Tips for getting your garden in great shape this year

I find early April to be the busiest month for getting your garden in shape for the coming season. As gardeners, we are so eager to get out and work in the garden on the first warm days. In truth, it is better to be patient, let the sun warm the soil and let itContinue reading “Tips for getting your garden in great shape this year”

M.J. McCabe Garden Design Named Top Houzz Page for Inspiration

M.J. McCabe Garden Design is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of the top HOUZZ pages for landscape design inspiration! HOUZZ is a leading website for home landscape design and remodeling inspiration. Hundreds of thousands of contractors, architects, interior designers, and exterior remodelers have created profiles on the website. These talentedContinue reading “M.J. McCabe Garden Design Named Top Houzz Page for Inspiration”