Karen

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Name: Karen Shreefter
Date registered: February 28, 2011
URL: http://kslandscapedesign.com

Latest posts

  1. Prune Time: Get in the Garden Now — March 28, 2014
  2. Landscape Design Now for Spring — March 12, 2014
  3. Is Design & Landscaping Tax Deductible? — March 8, 2014
  4. How Gardens Combat Winter Blues — March 3, 2014
  5. I Love Gardening in a Berkshire Winter — February 18, 2014

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Mar 28

Prune Time: Get in the Garden Now

Pruning & Snow – You betcha! The great thing about having snow on the ground means I could reach high up into apple trees when I was out in the garden pruning this week. The experience also ramped up my fantasies; after a long winter, there is nothing like a landscape filled with pink, white, …

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Mar 12

Landscape Design Now for Spring

Okay, you can’t begin planting, but don’t let the snow stop you from planning your garden. Instead, use these frosty days to to take stock of your landscape. Since you have to be inside anyway, start with the windows you look out most. What would you like to see? A lot of people have windows …

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Mar 08

Is Design & Landscaping Tax Deductible?

Landscaping in some cases is tax deductible according to the IRS and many financial experts including information found on Forbes’ websites and on the Huffington Post site (see the article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-steber/home-improvement-tax-tips_b_3491632.html).  I hasten to add always check with your own accountant or advisor before you pursue the following deductions. You can often take the …

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Mar 03

How Gardens Combat Winter Blues

My feelings in an earlier blog about loving winter and gardening did not – unsurprisingly – get universally agreement. To help those having a hard time, I offer the following: Coldframe Magic Fresh-picked spinach from your garden for dinner. Sound impossible? Here’s how you do it: Purchase, or if you’re much more talented than I, build …

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Feb 18

I Love Gardening in a Berkshire Winter

I LOVE WINTER! I know that’s a sin in some circles, but in winter, all my gardens are perfect – no weeds, no bugs, just a white wonder. I can also walk my woods without fear of Lyme disease, which I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had it. Seed and nursery catalogs …

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Jan 31

CMC Manor – a New Landscape Design Project in the Berkshires

  This linkis to a new group in the Berkshires who have restored Mepal Manor, a Berkshire Cottage and Italian-style villa in New Marlborough, and are bringing a new kind of residential help to the Berkshires for people with substance abuse issues. I am thrilled to be working on the landscape design aspect of this …

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Nov 13

Warm Berkshire Words

It was in the low 20 degrees today, and I was missing working in the garden, but then was warmed by this note from a special lady! I enjoyed it so much and feel so energized for all the projects that now lie ahead. I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to have someone …

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Jun 26

Love at First Bite

Below is article in the Spring Edition 2013 of Edible Berkshires On our first date Chris Blair offered to cook dinner for me. As an architectural designer he felt the need to redo his kitchen, but consequently, given his addiction to cooking, he was suffering withdrawal. To ease his pain, he searched for places to …

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Jun 07

Stick with Karen in the Garden- Azalea

Azalea ‘Karen’ is one of my favorites…the name is a coincidence……This wonderful shrub lasts a long time, thrives in our Berkshire winters, and is maintenance free. The magenta flowers jump out, particularly against white plants such as Dicentra Alba (white bleeding heart). I also love it, because the way it feels like an impressionist painting. …

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May 22

A New Garden for a Great Client

Low maintenance, natural looking, and color. For low maintenance we filled the area with perennials, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees. We also took down a a very sickly spruce that was block the view of the garden from a terrace.

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