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At entry of Moroccan Modern garden, designer Michele Swanson and builder Mike Hertzer of Modern Landscaping. Crowd-pleasing antique urns and reproductions.

My daughter,visitingthe San Francisco Flower & Garden Show with me and presumably bringing a sensitivity refined by a U.C.-Berkeley degree in art history, loved the bottle tree. A bottle tree is not a real tree, but real bottles hang on a tangle of real rebar—it is garden folk art that I never seem to get.

What you learn from watching people react to plants, exhibits and products at a gardening coming-together event like this is mind-stretching and mind-blowing. You see what people really like. It's like a big, live focus group. We are pleased to say that visitors to the show liked the Garden

Design exhibit garden enough to vote it the People's Choice award. Called Moroccan Modern, the garden was designed by Michele Swanson and built by Modern Landscaping. it was created to display ideas for comfortable and stylish outdoor living, decorating and entertaining. What did our "focus group" visitors react to? The travertine paving squares, the beautiful urns from Eye of the Day and the ribbony disguise for the Sundance Spa, among many things. I coveted the elegant, tank-sturdy Kalamazoo grill. My daughter-in-law, also a show visitor, had her eye on the Armada chaise by Brown Jordan.You can see more about the show garden in one of our upcoming issues.

Beyond our garden, the show revealed lots of inspiring landscapes, exciting plants and further observations on the gardening public's behavior, including my own. Digging Dog Nursery's booth offered an amazing ar-

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At entry of Moroccan Modern garden, designer Michele Swanson and builder Mike Hertzer of Modern Landscaping. Crowd-pleasing antique urns and reproductions.

ray of perennials and flowering shrubs, including two viburnums I took home. At Annie's Annuals, I saw for the first time blooming in cultivation the legendary giant coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea) that grows wild on the islands off Southern California. Happy to tell you that both nurseries sell their plants online: www.diggingdog.com and www.anniesannuals.com.

I spotted a great solution for a boring slab of concrete: Cover with an ipe deck in modular form (www.ecowoodscalifornia.com). And I thought pretty seriously about bringing home a garden gong that you hammer with a drum-stick.What would neighbors think? On my dream wish list: a garden teepee by Jesse Salcedo ([email protected]).

Random observations: More small gardens than usual. More diversity, with garden styles from Japan to Baja to Morocco to Provence.Wonderful green and blooming meadows by John Greenlee. I'd like to see an award for Best in Show baby stroller—all the latest models were on parade.

It's great to see so many people passionate about what we deal with in every issue of Garden Design magazine.They're spouting long Latin names, rubbing their hands on fine teak and treating garden designers like rock stars. If only editors were treated that way!—bill marken, editor-in-chief

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We own an urban home in a historic section of downtown Indianapolis that's very much like the home shown in the article "Urban Spaceman," by EmilyYoung, in the January/February issue.The article shows a back deck with a sofa/storage center and mentions KyleTracy as the carpenter.Would this gentleman have a plan or drawing for this sofa/deck? If so, I would like to obtain a copy for our home.The deck is perfect, and the sofa fits with our backyard landscaping plans this year.—Jim Newman/Kathleen Houlihan, Indianapolis, IN

According to landscape architect Rob Steiner, the design of the deck and bench (above) was simple enough to not require plans. A good carpenter should be able to customize a similar setup for your space by using the photo for reference.What doesn't show is the simple rail and drawer system under the bench—like a single oversize dresser drawer—that was retrofitted as an "aha moment" afterthought.

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What species of birch did Michel Desvigne and Christine Dalnoky use in the garden on page 112 of the March issue? —Megan King, Central Ohio

The designers were unavailable to answer your question by press time.We consulted our horticulture expert, who has narrowed it down to either Betu-la pendula from southern and eastern Europe or B. mandschurica from Chi-na.You might have more success with B. papyrifera, a white-barked birch better-suited to the heat in the Midwest (specifically Zones 2 to 6 and sometimes even to 7), or B. utilis var. jacque-montii.The problem with white birches in the Midwest is their susceptibility, when stressed by drought, etc., to infestation by borers, which typically kills

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More "NameThat Plant"

What plant is pictured in your March issue on page 76, the grasslike plant in the foreground? It looks like a variegated Dianella tasmanica in a more yellowish col-or.There are two of these plants in the picture, one is next to a bromeliad. I would love to know what kind of plant that is for future reference.Thank you so much and keep up the great work!—Rede-lyn Guiting, Burbank, CA

According to landscape designer Art Luna, that's actually a furcraea, which is in the agave family.

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As the owners of Mesogeo Greenhouse on Bainbridge Island,Wash-ington, we'd like to correct a small error that crept into the article about us in your July/August 2005 issue. It referred to us as a "wholesale nursery."We are actually a retail nursery open to the general public.Thanks much for the chance to set this straight.—Terry Moye-mont, Mesogeo Greenhouse, 206-8559017, www.mesogeogarden.com

Correction

On page 36 of the April issue the city of Fremont, California, was misspelled as Freemont. We do apologize to the good people of Fremont for the extra "e."

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