April 28, 2008


For those who may have missed my post last year, I struck up a bargain with my high-fashion hairstylist to exchange services without any money changing hands. She does my hair and I do her garden. This arrangement has been going on for several years and some readers wanted to see the garden I designed for Anita . Here are some photos :

Julian, Anita's son, helps prepare the flagstone path

A blank slate : The "before " photo of the frontyard

The "after " photo with basic structure installed
( annuals are added for seasonal color )
Hydrangea 'Limelight' and 'Ivory Halo' Redtwig dogwood
are some of the shrubs for the shady front.

Anita selected this charming weeping Redbud near the back deck bed

Anita's hubby Paul is very handy and made this bench
A Smoke Bush ( purple leaves) grows on the fence
and provides a spot of color

Paul created the flagstone path to the backyard
and built the beautiful cedar fence

Two beautiful River Birchs flank the garden seat
and provide privacy


  1. What a wonderful idea to barter. Great, easy care garden. Nice photos. A job well done.~~Dee

  2. Beautiful gardens Carolyn! Bartering is a great idea.

  3. Bartering is a grand idea. And you did an amazing job of designing her garden!

  4. Wow - her husband is VERY handy! Impressive! V nice simple garden design. Great to get the family involved and invested.

  5. I think your hairdresser got the better part of the deal. Your design improved their property by a 1000%. I especially like the improvements at the front of the house.

    We also used river birches to screen out the view of our neighbors' home. Unfortunately we see all too much of their house in winter. I think in retrospect some fast growing evergreens like Leyland cypress would have been a better choice.

    Her husband is a great handy man. That's an understatement. He's a craftsman. What a beautiful fence and very nice path!

  6. I'm not sure why bartering ever went away in the first place. Isn't it wonerful to trade like that?

    You did an excellent job.

  7. Quite lovely! Tell me please, how can I become a garden designer? Did you go to school for landscape architecture? Thank you.

  8. Thank you all for your compliments on the design. Anita has become a devoted gardener and her husband Paul is very handy around the house.

  9. Hi Mo,

    I read on your blog that you would like to get a job working with plants in the future.

    You don't need to go to school or have a degree to be a garden designer but you do need to know the basics. You can search out good garden design books and study them .

    You also need a good working knowledge of plants and their culture.

  10. Wow- if it works out even your hair must look terrific all the time. Beautiful garden.
    Have a great week.

  11. what a great idea to have such deal!
    you made great job - I guess she makes same for you :)

  12. I have bartered in the past. The latest is that I built a mantel for a friend and she hung wallpaper in my bathroom for me. A good trade since I don't have patience for wallpaper alignment. She can't build.

  13. That's a great deal you two have going there! The gardens you designed are really gorgeous, I know she must be a happy camper!



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