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I was asked to write this article by Illinois Homes Check out my interview, Expert Tips on Landscape Design onIllinois Homes, one of the top sites for Illinois Real Estate, including Plainfield, IL real estate. Illinois Homes also services Wisconsin real estate and Pennsylvania real estate.

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Line is defined as a mark that spans a distance between two points or the path of a moving point. It can take any form from end to end. A line is one-dimensional and can vary in width, direction, and length. Lines can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, straight or curved, thick or thin. Lines […]

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Point is the first and simplest element of visual design. Point serves as the focus of something visual, and therefore draws attention. Even if there is only one point, or one mark, on a blank page our brains will make it mean something. In fact, the visual world is so complex that the mind has developed […]

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In order to teach the process of design we need to have a common language, a vocabulary, that is unique to the world of design. The process of articulating design, as opposed to liking or disliking what you see, requires using this unique vocabulary. The vocabulary of design is broken down into a set of elements […]

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Fundamentals of Design Introduction: Design is a skill most of us already have available to us. Whenever I teach design I find that the people in my class are inevitably fearful of putting pen to paper. By the time my students enter the classroom, whatever it was that had sparked them to sign up for […]

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It was six fifteen in the morning. She had woken before the sound of her alarm. She had been waiting for this day and couldn’t believe it was finally here. It had rained through the night but now it had stopped. Cracking the window, she smelled the morning air. Most people would think she should […]

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This piece was a challenge to write. The red in the background reminded me of a building under construction so I did some research and came up with this story, based on a real story. Shrouded in red canvas like a Chinese emperor several stories tall, the library was obscured from view. He had walked down […]

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It had been years since he’d seen her. Would he even recognize her? The last time he saw her was at his sister’s wedding. He couldn’t believe she had the audacity to show up. She was at least amicable then. Nevertheless, after what she had done, it was difficult just being in her presence. They […]

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Originally posted on Native Seedling:
A growing number of people believe that we should only be planting and using native species in our gardens. All non-native plants should be considered aliens and are to be avoided. Follow that premise, and you will build a much better viewing garden and a habitat for wildlife. I recently…

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He was enjoying the warmth of the hot sun upon his back as he inspected one of his traps. Several species had funneled their way into the cone-shaped lid, but not the one he was hoping to find. He was scouting for Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny, mottled-brown insect about the size […]

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