Debra Prinzing

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The venture involves everyone in the Benzakein family, including parents Erin and Chris and their children, Jasper (10) and Elora (13). While their dahlias are incredibly popular, the flower represents just one of the hundreds of varieties grown at floret.

Buckets full of Blossoms

On her 2-acre organic farm in Washington's Skagit Valley, a young floral entrepreneur grows beautiful blooms and inspires others to change their relationship with flowers.

Produced and written by Debra Prinzing | Photographed by Laurie Black

Country Gardens Fall 2013

On her two-acre organic farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley, a young floral entrepreneur grows beautiful blooms and inspires others to change their relationship with flowers

"Best Country Garden" Awarad-winning entry from Rudell and Jay Hegnes

Palette of Possibilities

Starting with a blank slate allowed one creative Northwest couple to cultivate a color-packed garden for year-round appeal.

Produced and written by Debra Prinzing | Photographed by Laurie Black

Country Gardens Fall 2013

  While other homeowners might be discouraged by a yard with poor drainage and a steep, 10-foot bank, Rudell and Jay Hegnes were undaunted by such challenges. Located in Gig Harbor, Wash., near Tacoma, their one-third-acre site’s pluses included a quiet neighborhood and sunny exposure. As for the hillside, Rudell says: “We knew it could […]

Arrangement in Anasazi Bowl, 331/2 × 331/2 in., 1985
"I've always admired the dried plants and flowers that I live with. I'm interested in painting the character of the plant, not the real plant," Adams says. The bowl's design was influenced by the Southwest art of the Anasazi. "There is a sense of energy to those patterns that I've always admired."

Landscape and Life

Renowned Yakima Valley artist Leo Adams reflects on more than 50 years of painting

By Debra Prinzing | Portraits by Mary Randlett | Paintings photographed by Rob Prout

GRAY Magazine | December 2013/January 2014

At 71, Adams is an independent artist, unattached to a gallery but with an extensive list of clients and collectors throughout the Northwest and beyond. His supporters and fans yearned to document Adams’s work in a book, says friend and art book publisher Ed Marquand of Marquand Books. “Leo is the reigning artist of Central Washington. He is deeply beloved and respected. There wasn’t any question that producing a book about Leo and his work needed to happen.”

One area of the new deck accommodates a seating area that overlooks the distant canyon. Multiple posts support a beautiful pergola with corbels that echo the home's detailed millwork and enclose the deck, giving it a room-like feeling of scale.

Life on the Deck

A thoughtful renovation of an historic home includes a room-size deck suitable for the entire family.

By Debra Prinzing | Photography by Ed Gohlich | Produced by Andrea Caughey

BH&G's Deck, Patio & Outdoor Living | Spring 2013

The activities of today’s families inevitably spill outdoors, especially in a region known for its beneficent year-round climate. Kelle and Robert Wright, who have lived in the historic home since 1993 (and have been restoring it ever since), wanted to capture as much bonus space from the outdoors as possible.

The spring 2013 issue of BH&G's Deck, Patio & Outdoor Living reatures 2 of my stories.

A Haven for Homebodies

A family of five gets maximum enjoyment from a versatile backyard redesign - with something for all ages.

By Debra Prinzing | Photography by Ed Gohlich | Produced by Robin Tucker

BH&G's Deck, Patio & Outdoor Living | Spring 2013

Start with one ordinary backyard, a concrete patio, a patch of lawn and a swing set. Include one mom and one dad, both with busy medical careers, plus three active kids. Add one rambunctious dog named Mackie and an undemanding cat named Ginger.
For Gigi Kroll McConnaughey, an OB-GYN physician in private practice, and Doug McConnaughey, an internist, this equation didn’t add up. Three years ago, the couple realized that their Newport Beach, Calif., property wasn’t reaching its potential.
“We’d been toying with a big garden project, but the idea of tackling it was overwhelming for two working parents,” Gigi says of their average-sized suburban lot.

Sleek and modern, a new deck hugs the ground and provides the ideal backyard seating in Michael Moore & Chad Rothman's Los Angeles garden.

Budget backyard makeover: Remade for cocktails, movies and more

"Six months of work was well worth the years of enjoyment we'll have hanging out with each other - and our dog Jackson - in the new backyard."

By Debra Prinzing

Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2013

Yard Proud : Two homeowners tackle a backyard makeover with equal parts sweat equity and savvy sourcing of materials, labor and supplies

Such a pretty combination.

Seasonal Style: Sprigs of Silver

Start a new holiday tradition: Deck your halls with shimmery foliage

By Debra Prinzing | Prop Styling by Janna Lufkin | Photography by Thomas J. Story

SUNSET December 2013

This is the time of year to decorate with conifer boughs and branches. Thanks to nature’s many sparkling options, you can go far beyond evergreen sprays and red holly berries — especially if you love the metallic shimmer of silver foliage and plants.


Meet Late Summer’s Drama Queens

With a full spectrum of hues, shapes and sizes, this dramatic flower looks great in the border - and the vase

By Debra Prinzing

This Old House | August 2013

The drama queens of late summer, dahlias have an eye-popping palette, amazing forms and architectural stature. They’re a striking alternative to the season’s more common flowers like mums or asters. Although it’s too late to plant tubers at this time of year, you can still find potted dahlias at garden centers – ready to plant immediately. Your dahlias will continue to bloom until the first frost, as late as Thanksgiving in some regions of the country.


Connect the spots

Like fluid ribbons of color, Mediterranean-style clay pots connect a garden's many spaces

By Debra Prinzing | Produced by Debra Prinzing and Scott Johnson | Photographed by Laurie Black

Better Homes & Gardens | August 2013

Trending terra cotta: You’d think that a lot of containers could clutter up a place, but that’s not the case in Susann and Gale Schwiesow’s Pacific Northwest garden, where no fewer than 175 pots of mostly gold and green foliage plants, including clipped boxwood balls, connects four distinct outdoor rooms and draw the eye through the landscape.

Horticulture July/August 2013

A Paradise Revived

Neglected by time, a 1920s garden in Southern California gets a new life, thanks to its passionate owners

By Debra Prinzing 

Horticulture Magazine, July-August 2013 | Photos here are (c) Debra Prinzing

Many rooms, many views: Motivated to save the aging 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival-style home and tame its landscape, Robin and Cheryl spent more than a decade on restorations. They reclaimed the property’s gracious character, so it is reminiscent of its origins . In doing so, they, too, have become rooted in the community. “It feels like you’re taking a step out of the hustle and bustle of city life,” says Robin.