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1 day ago
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LIVING ART: Sculptures in the Making

Snow enhances the beauty of these live works of art, shaped for many years at our nursery and cared for in our clients' gardens by Hanselman Landscape's dedicated tree sculptors.

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& daily beneficiary of living art in our garden)

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4 days ago
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LIVING ART: The "Ring Stone" Sculpture at MIT

Eight years ago, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (designer of the fireworks displays at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing) created a sculpture for the new Sloan Finance Building at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The finished project, "Ring Stone", is a chain carved from granite.

To complete the project, he envisioned Pines growing up through the links of the chain. But finding Pine trees small enough to fit into the tiny openings and healthy enough to survive in the restricted space was more difficult than he imagined. That is, until one of his associates discovered Hanselman Landscape. And, as they say, the rest is history (and a story for another day)!

Photos below show the process and finished project (in 2008 and 2017), and artists, Cai Guo-Qiang with James Hanselman. Also shown is bonsai master, Jim Doyle, of Nature's Way Nursery, whose expertise in bonsai informed the pruning of the Pine roots, enabling them to fit into the limited space inside the granite links.

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Gardener's wife (& living art enthusiast)

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1 week ago

BEAUTY FROM THE GARDEN, EVEN IN DECEMBER!

Whether you yearn for a festive wreath on your front door, a bouquet of evergreens for your Advent candles, or sprigs of holly on the mantle, there is scope for imagination and creativity in a garden that thoughtfully incorporates evergreens in all their varied textures, colors, and fragrances.

Early each December, it's my delight to head out into the wind with a wheelbarrow and some pruning scissors, and wander the garden in search of evergreen cuttings to grace the candles we light each week in anticipation of Advent.

And each December, I breathe gratitude for a husband who understands the value of evergreens in a garden--especially in winter, when the brilliance of autumn is a memory and the glories of spring are a far-off hope. So I gather the luster of Southern Magnolia and Holly, the fragrance of Juniper, Pine and Spruce, the texture of Fir, Cryptomeria, Temple Cedars and Yews, add a sprinkle of berries from Pieris and Winterberry . . .

Slowly, reflectively, I shape our Advent wreath, all the while giving thanks for family and friends, meaningful work, sunshine, birdsong, evergreens, and Hope, Peace, Joy and Love personified that first Christmas so long ago.

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1 week ago
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THE BEAUTY OF STONE

Whether it is quarried, hand-cut, or smoothed by eons of river tumbling, natural stone is unrivaled in beauty, texture, interest, and endurance. The photos below show different types of natural stone products used for a variety of purposes in the same garden. If you like what you see, please give us a call (717-653-1273). When it comes to sourcing and creating natural stone artwork, Hanselman Landscape's craftsmen are rock stars!

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Gardener's wife (& dedicated fan of "natural rock")

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2 weeks ago
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GARDEN CARE TIPS FOR LATE AUTUMN

As the season progresses and the weather gets colder, the following garden care tasks are appropriate:

~Clean up leaf matter on, in, and around plants (including roots). This will increase air flow to the plants and decrease the potential for disease, rot, and pest infestation.
~Cut back any perennials and grasses that have now turned brown.

Your garden (and your eyes) will rejoice in the difference you have made!

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Gardener's wife (& nurturer of children and gardens)

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3 weeks ago
Tsukubai, Palmyra, PA

The sound of falling water . . .
Listen and view the music and life our crew brought to a small courtyard space in Palmyra, PA!

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Gardener's wife

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3 weeks ago
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The splash and play of water cascading over rock is exhilarating and refreshing, no matter where you find it--along a woodland trail, or in your own private garden!

(Below: Falling water in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire, and in backyard gardens in Central Pennsylvania)

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1 month ago
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SAVING GREEN

Before the snow flies and ice storms invade, prepare your broadleaf evergreens to withstand the cold by applying an anti-dessicant to the leaves. This product forms a waxy coat on the leaves to keep them from drying out over the winter, ensuring green, healthy evergreens through the winter and saving you money on replacements in the spring.

Call us now (717-653-1273) if you would like us to do the work to protect your garden investment from winter damage.

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1 month ago
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GARDEN VIEWS:

A cathedral of Dawn Redwoods rises above the stepping stone path in our garden. These magnificent trees thrive in wet areas, such as in the wetlands that run through the center of our property and in a storm drain on the campus of Harvard University.

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1 month ago
Design Insider

A few ideas for some of our commercial friends' inspiration. 🙂

Singapore's airport is getting its own jungle paradise.

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