Rose pruning, Dan Bifano, Montecito, Santa Barbara

Rose Pruning Tips From Oprah’s Garden

Oprah’s Rose Garden is legendary. When she moved to Montecito a few years back, she elicited the help of Dan Bifano, one of the worlds most sought after master rosarians. To give a clue as to the volume of his talent and skill, he not only designed and installed the rose garden for Oprah Winfrey but for Barbara Streisand as well. Dan was also involved in the creation and selection of the namesake roses for Oprah (The Legends rose) and Ms. Streisand (Barbara Streisand Rose). Not long ago, I spent some time chatting with Dan about rose-pruning, here are his top 4 pruning tips.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from everyone at Montecito Landscape. It’s been quite a year and I can’t believe 2015 is already at an end. The holidays are a good time for both you and your garden to get a bit of a rest. Okay, maybe you won’t be getting much of a rest, with all the shopping, cooking and partying, but your garden should.

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Why Have a Garden?

With all the talk about water and drought it’s easy to lose sight of why have a garden in the first place. Whether it is filled with succulents, native plants, vegetables, flowers or anything else you can dream up, we have gardens because they give us beauty and pleasure.

“To lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur 
of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”      ~John Lubbock~

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5 Inspiring Drought Tolerant Landscape Designs

If you are contemplating removing lawn and replacing it with something that needs less water, the good news is there are lots of drought tolerant landscape design ideas to choose from and it is a chance to have some fun. Though some may insist on installing plastic, artificial turf, there are loads of more creative design ideas. Rather than thinking of a “substitute” consider it an opportunity for creativity and new design.

Here are my Top Five landscape design ideas.

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