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Darcy Daniels is a Portland-based garden designer whose studio, 
Bloomtown Gardens, focuses on creating outdoor living spaces and 
gardens that delight the senses throughout the year.

A conversation between Editor Lorene Edwards Forkner and 
Portland designer, Darcy Daniels.

Diagonal lines energize small spaces while large planting pockets accommodate a rich and varied plant palette like the one pictured here. Garden design and photo: Darcy Daniels, Bloomtown Gardens

Edwards Forkner: How do you draw your clients into the design process?

Darcy Daniels: I do whatever it takes; my focus is on building a garden. Magazine tear sheets, books, and online image resources like Pinterest or Houzz are helpful for dreaming and scheming, but they can also be overwhelming and distracting for some clients. These often-idealized photos need lots of interpretation to translate to a real project. However, as inspiration and a jumping off point, they’re great for me as a designer. Moving forward, on some projects I develop more sophisticated drawings, on others I’ll work from pretty basic sketches, or even simply stak...

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