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That’s right, a fake boxwood hedge

Thursday 1 May 2008 - Filed under Gardens

MADesigns fake boxwood hedge

I’m not a big fan of boxwood, or hedges, or fake plants, but you put them all together, and you have a winner. (?) Or at least the MADesigns custom hedges were put to good use in the May 2008 Domino Magazine story about San Francisco designer Stephen Shubel’s new studio.

Fake boxwood hedge

So I started thinking about all Stephen (I call him Stephen) and I have in common, and why I too should have a fake boxwood hedge. He buys some things at IKEA, I buy everything some things at IKEA. He has an eyesore chain link fence to cover up, I have an eyesore chain link fence. He is a rich San Francisco designer who can afford custom fake hedges and probably gets a discount because he’s in the biz, I… wait. OK, that’s where the similarities end. But it’s an interesting idea anyway.

2008-05-01  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. JustinS
    1 May 2008 @ 11:12 am

    Can I get like a full bodysuit version of these? Among the many eyesores in my neighborhood, the homeless and tweakers are the worst. My view and property values would improve TREMENDOUSLY if I could throw those folks into fake hedge suits.

    Or if they just ate each other or something.

  2. Patricia
    1 May 2008 @ 11:35 am

    And here I just ripped one out, under the SOB program, Stamp Out Boxwood. I’m sure fake is better. Those damn snails would probably have to find something else to use as a condominium.

  3. Bill
    1 May 2008 @ 8:49 pm

    I have a guilty confession. My grandmother’s house was surrounded with boxwood hedges when I was a little guy. It was also my favorite place on Earth. To this day, a whiff of boxwood sends me reeling with nostalgia. It gets better, too; my dear old Dad was a chain smoker, and although I’ve never picked up that habit, the smell of cigarette smoke still puts a smile on my face. The human brain is some weird territory, I’ll tell ya.

  4. megan
    2 May 2008 @ 6:48 am

    Justin – we could try covering all the eyesores, but that sounds tiring. That’s why I try to wall myself in from the world. Because I’m all about efficiency.
    Patricia – no worries, you did the right thing
    Bill – mmm, yes, the smell of second hand smoke is delicious. Just like my childhood. And my adulthood.

  5. Abbey Goes Design Scouting
    17 July 2008 @ 6:07 am

    I totally have been thinking about this article! Love your blog!

  6. Abbey Goes Design Scouting » » Going Green Follies
    17 July 2008 @ 6:17 am

    [...] Do you ever read about something in a magazine (or anywhere for that matter) and have it stay with you?  Me too.  I’ve been thinking about this article in May’s Domino — where Stephen Shubel used fake boxwood in his back garden.  I’ve been wanting to make our long narrow porch a bit more protected from the noise of the street and a bit cooler (the sun beats down on it and that means that while I love to plant my containers we don’t spend as much time out there as I would like.  I was thinking that maybe I could fill planters with faux boxwood and alternated them between my real containers.   And, as an added bonus it would give some year round greenery to the porch.  Has anyone tried this sort of thing in containers?  I’m all ears! PS, I found the image via great blog with a great name, Nest Maker. [...]

  7. Artificial Plants
    9 February 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    It looks like fake boxwood hedges are starting to become more popular. The Mondrian Hotel in Miami, Florida made some really neat Cabanas out of artificial boxwood and the Viceroy Hotel did a similar thing by making fake hedges.

  8. stephanie cavanaugh
    16 October 2010 @ 11:33 am

    just watering me window boxes with the ONCE AGAIN dead spike centerpiece the thought devolved FAKE BOXWOOD and that is how I found you. insert Fake Boxwood and there you be! Isn’t google wonderful? And you might appreciate this from my blog — Diana McLellan, grand duchess of Washington DC gossip columnists, has a trash can cover that would look cunning beside your faux wall: