ABOUT


Kenton J. Seth
(photo: Bobby Ward)


Paintbrush Gardens, LLC, est 2013
Paintbrush is my living experiment in cutting edge garden design.  At once, it's just me, but I constantly collaborate with contractors, colleagues, friends, and helpers to match a project's need, so Paintbrush is truly a collection of many other's talents.  I'm known for Crevice gardens, Unirrigated Native Landscapes, and operate a small nursery to grow special plants to fill my designs.

"The Crew" at the APEX project in Arvada, CO, 2013
Friends volunteering at Cheyenne Botanic, March 2018.

I'm Kenton,  a Western Colorado native, lifelong gardener and plant nut with a degree in sculpture.  (Wasted degree, shmasted degree.)  I had the pleasure of working for the late great Timberline Gardens near Denver, Chelsea Nursery, and the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens for a total of twelve years before starting Paintbrush Gardens. In the interest of increasing our plant-palette in rock gardens and unirrigated landscapes, I went out into the field to find new plants, which introduced me to the wild world of plant-hunting.

Seeking to learn more about wild plants and their use in the landscape from the best folks in horticulture took me to Asia Minor, the Caucasus, Europe, and Canada.  In turn, I have had the pleasure of giving lectures in in Intermountain West, across Canada, The Czech Republic, and Scotland on the unsurprising topic of (you guessed it) flowers.  I write articles in The Rock Garden Quarterly trying to pay my debt to the North American Rock Garden Society for their magnificent services to plant-lovers the world over.  I also wrote about Crevice Gardens in  Horticulture Magazine, and was totally excited to contribute the the über fun Pith+Vigor Magazine in Boston; check them out. I also had our work featured in Digger Magazine,(Oregon) as well as The Scoop Magazine (Minnesota).   I'm currently working on a book abut Crevice Gardens with Paul Spriggs of Victoria, BC.

I am deeply indebted to the earliest clients, who were brave enough to try something totally new.  With their patience- allowing experimentation- we've learned surprising things which have proven incredibly useful and created special systems and innovations.

All these secrets and more are at the flower-worshipping blog:   kentonjseth.blogspot.com



Kenton J. Seth
Grand Junction, Colorado
970.623.6300




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