Author Archives: emma

We’ve Merged!
TLC Gardens & Flatiron Earthworks Join Forces

TLC Gardens is thrilled to announce we have merged with Flatirons Earthworks! Starting this season, our Teams have aligned to bring our mission and values to outdoor living spaces with more impact than ever! Gilbert Rodriguez of Flatiron Earthworks, brother of TLC Garden’s Managing Partner & Construction Super, Jaime Rodriguez, joins the TLC Team with a crew of 4

The Lost Art of Timber Framing: Interview with Master Craftsman Jim Leemon

Creating something that will last forever brings a deep meaning to the work; A tradition of building with ancient techniques, forming structures that will define life experience for decades to come. This kind of eloquent impact can be found in Jim Leemon and his team’s work at Trunnel & Brace Timberframes. Jim has been a Builder for almost

Modern Landscape Design:
Introducing TLC MOBILE

TLC Gardens is excited to announce our newest program: TLC Mobile! After 15 years of award-winning design build in Colorado, our team of design experts and craftsmen are expanding our offerings to bring TLC’s transformational design services to your outdoor environment.

Wherever you are, our award-winning team will guide you in creating your dream outdoor living space from start

Composing a Landscape Pt. 3: Willow Sanctuary

By Katie Kramer

Willow trees are stunningly captivating. They seem to be moving, even without a breeze. The gentle droopiness of their cascading branches creates a curtain of intimacy beneath them. The calming and harmless nature of willow trees always puts me at ease. One of the important elements of the Willow Sanctuary Design Build was that the willow

Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers Part 2

By Hattie Ryan 

Welcome back for the last step in creating a stunning planting container! To get a full scope of this process refer to step 1 and 2 which are covered in part 1 of this series. 

The final step is finding the right spillers for your container. These plants fill the space along the lip of the

Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers Part 1

By Hattie Ryan        

As you walk into a nursery and get hit by a wave of humidity and earthy smells, your eyes see all the colors of the rainbow that go on forever. As a plant lover you may be so ecstatic that your first reaction will be to grab every plant that catches your eye! But

Victory Gardens Pt. 2: Stories From Pandemic Gardeners

By Emma Jackson

The truth is that anyone can garden. No matter where you are or the size of the space, a garden can be big, small, thriving, struggling, sprawling, or contained. These victory garden stories from around the United States and beyond demonstrate hope and possibility. Audrey Hepburn famously said, “To plant a garden is to believe in

Composing a Landscape Pt. 2: Red Renaissance

By Katie Kramer

The inspiration to write a piece about Red Renaissance came from being enraptured by the beauty of the outdoor environment and learning the details behind the site. As a way to pay tribute to the project’s title, the music was composed in a similar fashion to the way music was written in the Renaissance era.

Composing a Landscape Pt. 1: The Impact of Music

By Katie Kramer

A powerful element exists that connects every single person on the planet. We acknowledge its existence consciously and unconsciously. The absence of this element is noticeable and can shift our entire experience. This common element is music. Music is a profound part of our everyday experience. From our stereos, to live performances, and every note in

Victory Gardens Pt. 1: Ready for Fall Plantings

By Emma Jackson


The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.