Category Archives: Dog and Cat Friendly Gardens

Planters Are a Designer’s Best Friend

I use large built in planters to solve a variety of landscape problems and here are 5 of my favorites. The Hendrickson planter is about creating privacy for the living room window.  Their Willamette Heights house is 12 feet from … Continue reading

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Hardscape Design Transforms A Gardeners Landscape

Garden Consultation – Margaret hired me as a garden coach.  We worked together for several years. Her property in Lake Oswego has typical problems; clay soil, greedy tree roots, soggy lawn with moss and drainage problems.  But in my mind, … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Stepable Plants for Paths

I pick plants for my clients very carefully and especially stepable plants for growing between flagstone.   There are so many plants called stepables and it is easy to select the wrong one, a plant that will cause problems. Most … Continue reading

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True Low Maintenance Landscape Uses Synthetic Lawn

Save Time and Money by Installing Synthetic Lawn The synthetic lawn and Landscape Design in a Day was a retirement gift Bob and Norma gave to themselves.  They were so sure about synthetic lawn they had already purchased it. From … Continue reading

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Back yard make over for the love of the dog

  Peanut was the only one using this back yard.     My client Susan wanted the back yard to be private, very simple and wanted to solve problems such as where to put her bikes, hide the garbage cans … Continue reading

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Mushroom Season Dangerous to Dogs

Mushroom season dangerous to dogs. While walking with a friend and her dog in late November we noticed a miniature forest of mushrooms under a large tree right next to a dog park.  My advice is to presume they are … Continue reading

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Catio Tour – Patio hang out for you and your pets

Last weekend I toured 16 Catios (patio enclosures for humans and their cats) on the first-ever Catio Tour.  This tour is the brainstorm of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audoban Society of Portland.  Audoban’s idea being that … Continue reading

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Dog-Friendly Landscape Design from across the country

As you may know, part of the joy I get working with clients is helping them design a space that reflects their life and lifestyle. So it won’t surprise you that I enjoyed hearing from two dog lovers who wanted … Continue reading

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Oregonian Home and Garden blog features Carol Lindsay, Design in a Day Video

Hi here is my recent exposure in the Oregonian’s Home and Garden blog by Kym Pokorny.  This blog gives me credit for starting the Design in a Day way of doing landscape design oh so many years ago and has … Continue reading

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5 plants that are Dog Pee Proof ( or nearly so)

Landscape designer Carol Lindsay lists her 5 favorite plants for landscapes with dogs, or gardens near city parks where there will be dogs marking their territory and yours as well. 1.  Burkwood Osmanthus (Osmanthus Burkwoodii) is a tough evergreen shrub … Continue reading

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