Monday, September 15, 2014

Start your Shopping Carts

We think of ourselves as gardeners, plant collectors, and outdoors people at Wildwood.

If you had seen what we've been doing the last few weeks, you would never have guessed.  Other than shooting tons of pictures, we've been glued to the computer.  Between magazine articles and setting up an online store, our gardening existence has been reduced to staring at store templates, cropping photos, writing plant descriptions and crunching shipping costs.  The crunching is ongoing by the way.

Once we tell the store how to compute shipping costs, it will be live.  In the meantime, you can preview the selection at

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Airport Art

A combination of travel and vacation took time away from the blog.

One surprise during boarding at SFO was the display of Tiffany glassware in the lobby.  The SFMOMA is 'on the move' during the renovation of the museum so the collections move about the city.  The task of maintaining interest in the museum is an interesting chore for the staff!

The descriptions accompanying the Tiffany display are very educational.  Tiffany Studios morphed from a dry goods store into a luxury goods maker under the direction of one of the founder's sons.  Quite an accomplishment!  It's worth flying out of SFO.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Container Ginkgos

Capturing the essence of Wildwood in a photo takes a little doing.  This photo of dwarf ginkgos is a very stylized image of container gardening.

The process began with moving large rocks into position.  The spacing between the rocks is key.  From a human perspective they look 'fine' in a certain configuration.  Through a camera lens, straight on, they look much different...

Once we set the ginkgo grouping, we placed the ferns, pieris, and umbrella pines to soften the hard surfaces.  All in all, it took about 16 hours [over 4 days] to design this garden!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Even hot summer afternoons have their cool moments.

Bentley and Lola stopping by Wildwood is one of them.  They wanted to check out the plants and stare down the squirrels.  After touring around, they decided to cool down on a concrete bench by John Beck.

Luckily, we had the camera out from the morning photo shoot.  Westies are much easier to photograph then plants!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Project

Last week, Wildwood put the finishing touches on a small project in the East Bay.

The garden is full of the latest trends in California gardening! A small orchard - 6 [actually more, the apples are three in one] different fruit trees.  Low water plants - a mix of grasses and reed like plants that can go long spells without water.  Repurposed lumber - the curving pathway and stone patio are made from material that was onsite.

The fire pit at the end of the walk is the first one the studio designed! Can't wait to put it through the flame test...

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Camera

A few weeks ago, Wildwood joined the ranks with a DSLR camera.  It will be quite some time before we figure out all the functions.

That's not stopping us from taking photos though!  This is one of the first we took.  It shows bright red Fireglow and Emperor maples in the knot garden.  The Murasaki Kiyohime in the foreground is close to thirty years old!  The native madrone and huge walnut give a sense of stability to the scene.

The goal is showcase them on the website.  We'll be busy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Friends

Last Saturday, Wildwood packed up [a few things] and headed down to SF for the botanic garden's summer fair.

We saw a few familiar faces but most of the people we met were new.  There were people from the trade, folks from out of town, gardeners from down the block, and of course the friendly staff at the botanic garden.  It seemed like everyone had an interesting gardening story or chore to share.  Most people decided they could find room for one more plant after they stopped by our table.

We had a great time chatting with everyone and look forward to our next visit!