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Gina Samarotto. asla, apld


I am a former National Garden Accredited Judge of Design and Horticulture and ran a design business for many years. I am a certified Master Gardener, American Society of Landscape Architects and Association of Professional Landscape Designers accredited and have worked for more than ten years as a professional designer. My work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine as well as other publications. I am the recipient of more than two dozen design awards. I will happily accept floral, horticultural, interior design and garden design questions.


ALSA, APLD, NYS Certified Master Gardener, NGC Retired Judge

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2016-03-07 flowers:

Tough to find shrubs delivered online, but I have luck at Lowes and other big dos stores early in the season.  For hosta, you can even try eBay - you'd be surprised how many people divide their plants

2016-03-02 flowers:

Coreopsis, or moonbeams as they're often referred to, are a great choice.  Black eyed Susan - perfect.  If you have a lot of space solidago - while a bit invasive - is great for large areas.  Hosta with

2014-07-15 28" thin tall vase:

You can certainly secure the base of the vase to whatever it is set on using floral clay.  Better than glue, the clay is pliable and can be removed easily when you're done.  Another idea is to fill the

2013-07-24 Cutting off dead flowers:

Good Morning, Jeannette    With the heat in central Florida, a Hydrangea is going to have a tough time of it.    Normally, when blooms go from pink to blue (or vice versa) it's due to the pH levels in

2012-12-14 arrangement:

Dear Jo,    As a general rule of thumb, in a tall linear arrangement the height of the tallest flowers should be approximately 1 1/2 times the height of the container.  This gives the design the balance


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