May 2, 2023
In this episode of Down the
Garden Path podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew
Dressing welcome Katie Tamony of Monrovia to discuss Monrovia’s
design trends and new plants for 2023.
Katie’s official title is Chief
Marketing Officer, but she really is Monrovia's chief storyteller
and trendspotter. She has more than 25 years of expertise in the
lifestyle and leisure industries.
Here are some of the questions
and topics covered in this episode:
- Tell us
more about Monrovia.
- How do
you come up with or research your design trends?
- How do
your trends influence new plant introductions? Are you planting
more natives vs. ornamentals?
are this year's design trends?
Timeless Design Trends and
for timeless design principles.
ideas from the past influence our gardens today
- Timeless design gives your garden
new and updated varieties brings a modern twist with more blooms
and easier care
and Ancient Roman Gardens
- Symmetry, proportion, and balance
- Creating a serene feeling when you enter the
trends for 2023
- Architectural Simplicity
- Inspired by travel and a love of
plant palette and repeating forms
that are a bit wild, productive, and teeming with life
edibles in with shrubs, perennials
- Attracting pollinators
- Increased interest in soil health and working
- Victorian Gardens
- Introductions of lawns
- Perennial borders
- Breeding increases choices for adding colour in
trend: New Victorian
to nostalgia/classic plants - Roses, hydrangeas, peonies,
- Mix of
- Meandering paths
genetics offer more blooms and compact designs that fit
- Capturing the fragility of our being
- Relaxation, minimalism, and foliage
Haves plants for 2023 – Plants that may not fit in only one
during the show
Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden
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As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been
designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over
a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing
owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape
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