Event: Connect With The Work Of Kengo Kuma

by Ben Bowen

If you have been following along with the expansion of Portland's Japanese Garden, then you know the name Kengo Kuma, the world renowned architect of the Cultural Crossings project.

His first US exhibition is coming to Portland in February. "Tsunagu", Japanese for "connect", will do just that; connect people to his work at the Japanese Gardens.

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Portland Area Parks You Should Know

by Ben Bowen

 I am going to assume you are familiar with Forest Park, Washington Park, Tanner Springs Park, etc. Those are all great parks. But we also have many parks that are less knows, but not necessarily less beautiful.

Here are some great lesser-know parks in the Portland area:

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Small Spaces Can Be Gardens Too

by Ben Bowen

Maybe you have a big house on a small lot. Or just a balcony in the Pearl. Perhaps your outdoor space is just a porch and steps in the Alphabet District.  You may wonder:

Can a small garden be a great garden?

Absolutely. And it isn't even that hard. Here are some principles to follow:

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Landscape Design Trends 2016

by Ben Bowen

Exciting things are happening in landscapes all over. Maybe you have seen them in your neighborhood, or maybe you will be the one introducing them to your neighbors.

What trends should you be on the look for? Here in Portland there are at least three that will continue to gain steam in 2016:

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Top Plants For 2016

by Ben Bowen

"Best plants" is subjective. But this list is full of plants that fit the prevailing landscape design meme: sustainable and low maintenance (or vice-versa). Here are 10 great plants that are sure to fit your yard in 2016, and beyond:

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