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Always looking for ways to partner with nature...Jodie is a Canadian Landscape Designer, trained in Berkeley, CA and transplanted to Orange County by way of Vancouver, BC and Long Island, New York. Her passion is nature, plants and design.


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October 16, 2019

We are very proud of NatureScape, the turf-to-native-garden design program we created and manage for Moulton Niguel Water District.  All gardens are designed by Jodie Cook Landscape Design and installed by Tree of Life Nursery.  They feature regionally native plants, w...

February 10, 2019

The more you think about gardens the more interesting they become.  The more you know about gardens, the more you notice.  The more you notice, the more you know.  And if you are really into noticing and knowing you realize that other people don't notice the things you...

January 28, 2019

Blooming soon in your garden...Douglas Irises (Iris douglasiana for the botanical latin lovers among us).

June 15, 2014

I've been thinking a lot about fungi lately....fungi and toxins.  I'll get to the toxins at another time, but fungi are very interesting little creatures.  You've heard of mycorrhizae, right?  There has been much chatter in the gardening world of mycorrhizae (pronounce...

June 4, 2014

A contrast of scale; my newly beloved (as I have set up colonies all over my garden!) Coleus lanuginosa (really a Plectranthus) with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' sans the mauve.


The Coleus (I know...for goodness sake, enough with the Coleus!) with our native groundcover Coy...

May 15, 2014

The best thing about being a Master Gardener here in Orange County, CA is that a legion of dedicated scientists and professional horticulturists have agreed to embed a bunch of enthusiastic lay-people with their hard-earned (and expensive) scientific knowledge of horti...

April 15, 2014

"A Real Simple magazine Top 10 goofproof Plant"  (photo above)


I was just reading the following description of  Euphorbia graminea 'Diamond Frost' on the 

Proven Winner's website:

"I want to thank my parents, my breeder, and especially the millions...

March 24, 2014

Some more photos 


(top left to right)

An inexpensive porcelain gravy boat with glass rooster placecard holder planted with Tricolor Sage (Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor') which features purple and olive green leaves with bright white edges.   Fun and whimsical, but elegan...

March 15, 2014

This might just be the most beautiful thing ever!  Keep it handy to lift you up when you forget that we're in the midst of this every day.

January 15, 2014

Photo: Trycyrtis Hirta (insert photo Trycyrtis hirta just emerging in the Spring) 


Almost three years ago we moved from New York state back to California.  While living in Long Island's Zone 7 I discovered and fell in love with a few plants that really should probably...

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