Creating a Memorable Garden Combining Form & Function

By Linsey Stonchus

A beautifully done garden extends the livability of a home outdoors, offering wellness benefits, beauty and an overall sense of tranquility.

Creating an unforgettable garden requires a balance of function and form – first considering the necessary must-haves for living, and then plants, art and other elements that enhance the overall space.

“Set up for function first – [clients] see the landscape and the garden as an extension to live in from the interior space,” said Richard Hartlage, founding principal and owner of  Land Morphology, Seattle.

“We don’t do a project without a fire feature these days and, then, dining and the outdoor kitchen,” he said.

Mr. Hartlage has decades of experience in landscape architecture, working on residential and commercial projects from coast-to-coast in the United States. What are some of the latest garden trends he has witnessed?

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

 

Safe Arbor

Outdoor dining, lounging and kitchens are among the top requests, according to Mr. Hartlage, along with swimming pools or spas for smaller yards.

Frequently requested in the Seattle area are arbors, which extend the usefulness of gardens by a month or two during colder months. Mr. Hartlage often installs heaters and roofs for extended longevity.

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“If you have more space, it’s really the plants that then you can expand on, now that you have crossed the threshold of creating the living spaces,” he said.

Currently, popular plants include grasses such as bamboo, calama and hakone.

Particularly popular in Seattle are broadleaf evergreens, holly trees, magnolia trees, camellias, hellebores and pittosporum.

Additionally, Mr. Hartlage notes hedges were not trendy for a long time but are making a return as they act as “the frame that holds the picture” with their crisp lines and structure.

Mr. Hartlage also observed a greater demand in color, both in plants or painted accents, with blue, orange and yellow being among those frequently requested.

The use of color is all about creating a certain ambience, adding a playfulness to the overall design.

Florals, too, ensure a garden offers fragrance, further enhancing the overall atmosphere of the garden.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

 

Material Changes

In terms of materials, bluestone is a top choice throughout the U.S., whereas concrete is received differently among various regions.

In Seattle, concrete is very popular, while Northeastern clients perceive it as “cheap” and prefer asphalt or gravel.

Where concrete is in high demand, Mr. Hartlage makes the material bolder through distinctive score patterns.

One of the most exciting things to incorporate within a garden of sufficient size is trails.

Trails transform art displays or amenity placements into destinations of their own, rather than positioning everything just outside the home. Mr. Hartlage recommends at least two acres to accomplish this, but preferably more than five.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

Meanwhile, large art pieces will be better enjoyed individually with plenty of air around it, rather than kept cluttered together.

Mr. Hartlage’s advice is to consider function first: What are the most essential amenities? Where will they fit? How shall the theme relate to these essentials?

Following that, the theme can then be expanded through plants and art, while also taking into consideration the size of the space.

Accents and art should never clutter smaller gardens.

Meanwhile, larger properties can take advantage of acreage through the installation of trails, turning everyday use of a home’s amenities into mini-events.

BALANCING FUNCTION and form is essential to the overall feeling that a garden facilitates.

“You know when a place feels right,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“You can tell if it’s beautiful, that you’re comfortable or inspired,” he said. “You don’t have to be trained in a design tradition. It all holds together.”

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Downtown Boulder

Mother’s Day is coming up and after the past year, the moms in your life may need more appreciation than ever before.  In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Take advantage of the local stores to find cute and unique gifts that mom will treasure forever. You will not only be showing appreciation for your mom, but also for the many local businesses in downtown Boulder that have also had a tough year.

You can shop in many ways, including buying local online, buying gift cards (Downtown Boulder Gift Card or store-specific), or ordering takeout or delivery from downtown Boulder restaurants. Spread the love this Mother’s Day.  #LoveTheLocal


Planner + Bath Bombs from Haven

Self-care essentials are always a go-to when gift giving. Haven’s planner and bath bombs are a great gift combination to help mom manage any stress in her life.


Mother’s Day Cards from Two Hands Paperie

You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a heartfelt card to show her you care! Two Hands Paperie has a wide selection of cards so that you can find one that speaks right to your mom’s heart.

 


Mini Facial Delight from Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply

This gift is the best for moms who need some pampering. The set includes the Precious Face Serum, Meadowsweet Face Serum, Exfoliating Face Scrub & Sweet Honey Scrub.


Bracelet from Starfish Jewelry

A bracelet from Starfish Jewelry is the perfect gift to give your mom to serve as a reminder of your relationship with each other! It looks beautiful, fashionable, and whenever she wears it she will think of you.

 


Wine from West End Wine Shop

A nice bottle of wine is almost always a good gift to give — especially to moms! West End Wine Shop has a large assortment of reds, whites, roses, and even orange wine! Sit down and share a glass while showing love and appreciation for your mom!


Shoes from Pedestrian Shops

Keep your mom feeling fresh and comfortable with a new pair of Birkenstocks from Pedestrian Shops! They spice up almost any outfit and they last for a lifetime.

 


Magnets from Island Farm

These adorable magnets from Island Farm are the perfect way to send a message of appreciation to your mom, while also giving her a gift! They can be used for decoration or practical reasons, and they would look great on any fridge or in any office.


Tea from Ku Cha House of Tea

These little packets of tea from Ku Cha House of Tea are a yummy and affordable gift to give your mom! They look cute and they are easily portable so she can keep them in her purse — just in case she gets a random craving for delicious tea while on-the-go.

 


Face Masks from Bliss

Things are slowly going back to normalcy, but we aren’t fully there yet. Get your mom a cute face mask from Bliss that she can wear during daily activities or while working out (and she will look good doing it)!


Gift Card to St Julien Spa

The St Julien Spa is one of the best ways to get away. Show your mom appreciation by giving her a gift card to the spa that she can use to take care of herself. After all, she did take care of you!


 

The Boulder Symphony & Colorado Landmark Present True Love

Save the date! We are excited to present the upcoming concert TRUE LOVEThis performance highlights the music of love, regret, and heartbreak—something that all of us can relate to. Celebrate music from the last one hundred years to today that brings the greatest love stories to life.

 

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Boulder Theater – Purchase tickets here!

Two Shows- 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

 

Program:

Debussy- Danse sacrée et Danse profane; featuring Principal Harpist, Hillary Schefter

Mahler- Adagietto from Symphony No 5

Tchaikovsky- String Serenade


Boulder Symphony Conductor, Devin Patrick Hughes has curated a program featuring the Boulder Symphony String Orchestra and Principal Harpist, Hillary Schefter. Concerts will feature pieces of TRUE LOVE including Mahler’s Adagietto from his 5th Symphony, Debussy’s Danse sacrée et Danse profane, and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade.


“We know music fans are missing concert experiences, and our musicians are literally aching to play live,” said Hughes. “We are thrilled to partner with the Boulder Theater and present a concert that will keep our audience, musicians, and staff safe.” 

 

Music fans yearning for live performances can join the Boulder Symphony for a live concert at the historic Boulder Theater on March 4th. This show will adhere to all CDC, Boulder County, and State of Colorado COVID-19 safety protocols, and seating will be limited to just 100 attendees. So don’t forget to get your tickets while you can!


To make your evening even better, Boulder Symphony has partnered with The Post Brewing Company, 2027 13th St. in Boulder, for a meal for your table. This add-on is only $48 for a group of 4. This meal includes 8 pieces of gluten-free fried chicken, 2 large sides, 4 buttermilk cheddar biscuits, and a round of Post beers, too!

The Boulder Symphony and the Boulder Theater are committed to making this event safe for patrons and musicians. Here are the health protocols that will be taken at the concert. If you have any questions please email executivedirector@bouldersymphony.org

 

• Wear a mask at all times during the concert

• Please use hand sanitizing stations available after check-in and throughout the venue

• Practice 6 feet of social distancing from everyone outside of your ticket group

• You must provide a valid phone number when purchasing your tickets for contact tracing

• There will be one designated entry and one designated exit

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday, To-Go!

It’s already February and Super Bowl Sunday is about to touch down! This weekend, support some of your local favorites, save yourself some trouble and checkout these great options for family fiesta packs, meal kits and more.


Oak at Fourteenth is offering Super Bowl Take & Bake options,  presenting OAK style game day dishes complete with instructions for heating and serving. And don’t miss their North Shore Roast Beef Sandwich Special, sure to score big with the family! All orders set to pickup between noon and 3pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th.

 

Get more details on Oak’s Super Bowl Take & Bake here!

 


More Great Local Options Below!

Love Niwot Walk – All February Long!

❤️ Niwot is Spreading the Love ❤️

 

Pick up your Love Niwot Pass and SWAG bag from the DRF Real Estate Office (136 2nd Ave Suite E Niwot, CO 80503) and then get walking! Limited passes available so be sure you don’t miss them!

 

The businesses on your Niwot Pass have some great giveaways – you won’t want to miss these FREE goodies.

 

You’ve probably heard talk about the flower wall built by the lovely  Belle Terre Floral – after you pick up your pass be sure you grab your #flowerwallphoto  outside of the DRF Office 🌸

 

BONUS: If you do some shopping while you’re in town save those receipts and turn in your pass + receipts to be entered into the prize drawing!

 

Apres Ski Event in Niwot this Saturday!

We are fortunate to have spectacular weather forecasted for this Saturday afternoon – it’s expected to be 50 degrees and sunny, and Downtown Niwot’s Après Ski pop-up celebration is the perfect way to play & soak up some rays. Stop by & say hi to Colorado Landmark, Realtors agents of the Deborah Read Fowler Team!

 

Here’s what’s happening:

 

Music : There will be music playing in four spots around town.

  1. Niwot Wheelworks
  2. The Emporium
  3. The patio outside Pinocchio’s
  4. Niwot Tavern Tent

 

We have some fabulous musicians: 

Billy Bower, Tony Crank, Liv Herring, Emma Kieran, Tim Stiles and Marcello Capparelli

 

Food & Drink: 

Gluwhein & mulled wine will be served at Niwot Wheelworks & The Old Oak

Hot Chocolate will be served from Rosie the VW Camper on 2nd Avenue

Apple Strudel – Niwot Market

Chowder and Chile – Niwot Tavern

Food Truck – Gourmet Ghost on Left Hand Corner – serving gourmet baked potatoes and takeout fondue!

COVID REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED and everyone must wear masks and socially distanced.

 

Time for some safe and healthy winter fun!

 

 

The Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities to Move to in 2021

Americans are making moves. Despite economic uncertainty, home sales rose to a 14-year high in 2020, and the trend looks set to continue into the new year. According to  Pew Research, one in five Americans have moved or know somebody who has due to the pandemic.

Key factors like livability, growth, job opportunities and most importantly, pet-friendliness are top considerations for those considering a relocation this year. For those local to Boulder, it will come as no surprise that we have been ranked as the #1 most pet-friendly city to move to in 2021 by bringfido.com.

“The People’s Republic of  Boulder  is the place to be in 2021. First, you can check excellent public schools and ample job opportunities in a variety of sectors off Fido’s moving list. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this small city within a park is also a gateway to the “grrreat” outdoors. Bring Fido  for a dip  at  Boulder Reservoir, hike the beautiful  Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail,  or meet the local canine community at Foothills Community Dog Park. You can even sign your pup up for a  Boulder Voice and Sight Tag  for off-leash access to designated trails. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s plenty of time for outbound hounds to experience all that Boulder has to offer. In the summer, the free  Park-to-Park shuttle  welcomes dogs on board. And the city boasts a thriving food and arts scene. Check out  SmithKlein Gallery  with your pooch before visiting Avery Brewing Company to hang in the spacious fenced-in area.”

 

Read on here, and find out which other 9 cities were runner up!

 

Simplify Your Holidays

from Organization & Relocation

Even if they look a little different this year, the holidays are upon us and  Org & Relo  has created 6 tips to help de-stress, organize, and get you in the holiday spirit.

 

  1. Make a holiday checklist –  Jot down all of your holiday tasks. This will have you feeling in control instantly.
  2. Take stock of what you have –  How many times have you bought something only to realize later you already own the same item or something very similar?
  3. Sort through toys –  Donate toys the kids have outgrown or never use to make room for new toys. This is a great exercise to teach your kiddos gratitude for what they have and the generosity of giving to those less fortunate.
  4. Leave time for everyday activities –  This year the holidays may look different and include fewer parties, but you may still find yourself overwhelmed so remember to plan in a time to take a walk or look at hiring a service to free up your time.
  5. Clear out the clutter –  Ask yourself: Do I use it, do I love it, do I appreciate it? We live by this at Org & Relo! This is especially important as we look at a season spent inside our homes more than ever before.
  6. Use clear bins –  to store  items! When it comes to holiday organizing, having a good system is a must. You can purchase different sizes to accommodate small items like table decorations or larger items like garlands.

 

Happy Holidays!

SUBSCRIPTIONS TO LIVEN UP YOUR EVERYDAY

Globetrotting, bar hopping and various forms of entertainment may be on hold, but that
doesn’t mean time at home needs to be dull. Enter: the increasingly popular subscription box.

With a number of innovative companies crafting their own versions, subscription box experiences exist for almost every need and desire, whether it’s prioritizing wellness and beauty, learning a new craft, or enhancing your living space. Subscription boxes make for inspiring gifts that keep on giving, whether it be for yourself or someone you’d like to treat this upcoming holiday season.


1 | Norlii Home


Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Norlii is a thoughtfully curated home décor box featuring 4–5 hand-picked and high-quality objects solely from Scandinavian brands. Norlii’s Scandinavian interior design principle incorporates three main components — natural materials, clean design and hygge. Hygge is a Danish/Norwegian word that translates to coziness and comfort, meant to bring about feelings of wellness and contentment, each mood of which is prioritized within the region due to the cold climate. Whether you’re located in a cold climate or not, these Scandinavian design ideals are particularly reassuring in current times as home has become more central to our lives than ever before. norlii.com


2 | Ujamaa Box

Since 2014, Ujamaa Box, sent on a quarterly basis, has featured 300+ international, exclusively Black-owned brands from varying industries that include fashion, art, health, food and beauty. The name “Ujamaa” is a Kwanzaa principle that translates to “cooperative economics,” which is the belief that for all to prosper, we must build and maintain our businesses together.
This idea is clearly mirrored in the service, as a single purchase results in the support of multiple cooperating businesses at one time, all while exposing subscribers to various favorites that may have been otherwise difficult to find. ujamaabox.com



3 | Crafted Taste                                                     

Revel in the art of bartending with the globally inspired cocktail kits from Crafted Taste. Every kit includes full-sized, award-winning spirits, allowing subscribers to really hone their bartending skills, master the recipes, share with friends and stock up their home bars. Along with the alcohol, the kits include hard-to-find and premium ingredients, syrups and bitters, plus a printed card with instructions and additional cocktail ideas. They even offer a premium version of their full kit, which includes a monthly upgrade or additional hand-selected spirit, as well as a mixers-only version. For those not ready to commit, kits can be purchased individually or gifted. craftedtaste.com


4 | Murray’s Monthly Club

A long-established company, Murray’s Cheese, was founded in 1940 in New York City, New York and very much a part of the rich food history in Greenwich Village, has made its legendary cheeses available worldwide. Murray’s Monthly Club consists of five memberships to choose from — Classic Cheese of the Month for timeless and approachable favorites, Cheesemonger’s Picks for the “adventurous cheese lover,” American Cheeses, featuring cheeses specific to the U.S., Perfect Pair of the Month, which includes accompaniments to its selection of cheeses, and Cheeseboard of the Month, a “one-stop shop” consisting of cheese, accompaniments and charcuterie items. The experience of each of these boxes can be further enhanced with the website’s array of recipes, plus cutting and serving tips. murrayscheese.com


 

Fresh Ideas to Help Finish the Summer Strong!

It’s already almost August! This summer has been one full of finding new ways to stay active and keeping the family entertained. Here is a list of some great end of summer activities and fun for everyone to enjoy, while also staying safe and 6 feet apart of course!

 


Virtual classes and entertainment have never been so important and exciting! From concerts and festivals to art gallery tours and Yoga you can almost do it all still, from the safety of your home!

Virtual Bands on the Bricks – Wednesdays, July 15th – August 5th, 2020 from 7-8 pm. Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series has gone online! Nothing brings a community together like music and dance and this summer, nothing is going to stop us! While we can’t all be together in person…you can still bring the music right into your home!  Downtown Boulder proudly presents Bands Above the Bricks – coming to you virtually from high above the Pearl Street Mall.

Amana Yoga – Online Yoga Classes. Sign-up for a 7 day free trial and 50% off a monthly subscription by using code AMANA50. Learn more here.

Boulder Arts Online – The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture has compiled a variety of workshops, exhibits and activities available virtually here.

Food Lab –  Offering virtual summer camps!

Frasca Food & Wine Dinner Kit –  “At Home With” Dinner Kit and Virtual Guide. Bringing the restaurants of Frasca Hospitality Group into your home. Each week features a dinner kit complete with prepared ingredients and a bottle of hand selected wine. View a step by step recipe guide from the included video guide.

 


Golfing is a great way to avoid crowds and get some fresh air, it’s also a great way keep a safe distance from friends, while still enjoying their company! Here is a list of local, public golf courses to check out.

Flatirons Golf Course – If you are not sick, symptom free and feel safe to golf, please enjoy a round at Flatirons. The course will remain open when everyone adheres to all the safety and physical distancing requirements.          View re-opening rules and procedures here.

Foothills Golf Course & Meadows Golf Club – Open and has adapted aggressive policies to address health and safety for golf operations based on State and County public health orders. Before arriving for your tee time, please review the new policies here.

Indian Peaks Golf Course – Opened with strict guidelines in place to keep the health and safety of staff and guests as the top priority. Golf Club staff will be strictly enforcing the safety guidelines and anyone that cannot respect them will be asked to leave. Carefully review guidelines here.

Haystack Mountain Golf Course – Feeling cooped up but want to avoid gatherings? Relax and breathe easy, The Haystack Mountain course is open and committed to taking all necessary precautions the ensure the health and well-being of golfers and staff. Please review guidelines here.

Coal Creek Golf Course – Open for play and operating under a COVID-19 reopening policy. Social distancing is required and will be enforced, please review and follow the published rules and regulations here.

Sunset Golf Course – Open and accepting tee time reservations through the website. Please review and understand guidelines carefully before arriving here.

Twin Peaks Golf Course – Tee times are now available from 6am – 6pm. Boulder County Public Health guidelines are in place and must be followed by patrons of the City of Longmont Golf Courses, and will be enforced by staff. Clubhouses will not be open. Review guidelines before arrival here.

 


Take the family out for some sun and a splash! Tubing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all awesome ways to get outside to play, and stay safely apart!

Whitewater Tubing & Recreation – Now taking reservations! Experience tubing, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaks and canoes. Rentals, sales and instruction available. Have fun safely on the water, every piece of equipment is sanitized in between every use with bleach and soap. Employees have face protection, are washing their hands frequently and using hand sanitizer. Drive through only for check in to minimize any contact and encouraging social distancing. Also, all employee temperatures are checked before the start of every shift. Enjoy the great outdoors this summer safely!

Boulder Reservoir – 700 acres of wowing Flatiron views. Rent stand-up paddle boards on site from either the Rocky Mountain Paddleboard tent (set up in the morning and afternoon on the shore at Hobbie Haven, right by the crew boats, until mid-October) or from the reservoir boathouse.

The Rivers Path Guided Canoe Trips – Profound canoe experiences… at nature’s pace. Experience the magic of a hidden gem on the Front Range for a day trip! Following all COVID-19 protocols which can be found from the main website.

Wilderness Rides & Guides – Open, ready for business and are available for calls, questions and reservations for summer 2020! Enjoy backpacking and multi-day hiking, mountain biking and bike tours as well as fly fishing and rock climbing. You can even zip line and whitewater raft! View company COVID-19 updates and guidelines here.


Don’t leave your furry friends out on all the action! Dog parks and walking trails are also a great way to social distance while exercising and spending some time with your best friend! Please review Dog Park Rules & Etiquette here.

East Boulder Dog Park – 5660 Sioux Dr. Fenced area for both large and small dogs. There is a concrete barrier in the lake that some dogs are able to climb   – Large area is about 1.5 acres.
-Small area is about .45 acres.
-There is limited water access to a small lake.
NOTE: Be careful as water quality can vary. Pick up and remove pet excrement to assist with water quality issues. Algae bloom information.

Foothills Dog Park – 800 Cherry Ave. Two acre fenced park with a separate areas for both small and large dogs.                                                                  – Large area is about 1.6 acres
– Small area is about .5 acres

Howard Heuston Off-leash Dog Area – 34th & Iris, then south to O’Neal Parkway. Please note this as an ‘off-leash dog area’ and has different rules than a ‘dog park’.Please visit the Howard Heuston webpage for a summary of the rules.
– Voice and Sight Control area is designated north of the partial fence only.
– The remainder of the park is leash law.
– The size of the Voice and Sight area is about 1.25 acres.

Valmont Dog Park – approx 5300 Valmont
Fenced area for both large and small dogs.                                                       – Large area is about 3 acres.
– Small area is about .25 acres.
– It is a dog park at Valmont City Park .
– A water spigot is available seasonally.

Tail-Wag-Worthy Trails can be found below! Check out Boulder’s color-coded dog regulation map here, that tells you the exact rules for each trail in Boulder. Be a good human and always clean up after your pet! Always be cautious of algae blooms!

Wonderland Lake Trailhead in North Boulder is a nice, leisurely jaunt around a gorgeous glassy lake with Flatiron views in the distance.

South Mesa Trailhead has a network of pleasant trails crossing the South Boulder Creek. Avoid Towhee Trail however, which is closed to dogs.

Chautauqua Trailhead is a popular choice for bikers with their dogs, a variety of trails will put you up close to the Flatirons.


Be safe and have fun out there!