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The meadow garden at River Farm, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society.
No other group of plants quite catches light like the grasses. When the light passes
through their leaves, grasses glow in late or early light. Included photos by Saxon Holt.

With rising interest in naturalistic planting—in public spaces like New York City’s High Line and private homes like those featured in Planting in a Post-Wild World—the meadow is getting its well-deserved day in the sun. In The American Meadow Garden, John Greenlee and Saxon Holt meditate on the beauty and functionality of cultivating grassland ecologies:

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Modern gardens need to be multifunctional. To create a garden space that is fully utilized, it’s important the design includes thoughtfully-placed landscaping details like paths, edging, driveways, terraces, and water features.

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This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday! Her beloved Little House series tells a classic coming-of-age story in the pioneer spirit of the time and deeply rooted in the natural world. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books, by New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, explores Wilder’s deep relationship to the landscape. See a sneak peek of this must-have treasure now!

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Photo by John Fisher.

This summer, make outdoor play a daily adventure. Some of the most playful ways to get your kids outside are taking inspiration for crafts and cooking projects from the garden, and using your yard as a site for birthday parties and celebrations. Check out some of our favorite must-do strategies from Whitney Cohen and John Fisher’s The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids:

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At the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, a creeklike system of rock and vegetative swale infiltrates small and moderate storms. Large storm flows are conveyed through the system and discharged to an existing municipal separated stormwater sewer system. Photos by the author.

What does a city in harmony with nature look like? Is there such a city on this planet? Perhaps a more realistic question is what city has the plans and policies in place that will insure its transformation is in harmony with nature.

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Photo by Kate Baldwin.

There are a number of ways to represent summer in a miniature garden, and a special Fourth of July–themed miniature garden evokes a summertime gathering filled with food, family, and fireworks.

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Yucca aloifolia ‘Blue Boy’. Photos by the author.

If flowers are obvious, leaves are overt, even if they too often go unnoticed. The modern garden is marked by its understanding that foliage—of all shapes, sizes, colors, and presentations—is the real undercurrent that keeps aesthetics afloat. An excerpt from Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly D. Norris.

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Aloe saponaria and A. variegata ‘Gator.’ Included photos by Kindra Clineff.

This year’s planetary alignments encourage self-expression, insight, and exploration. With Venus coming out of retrograde after March and a second round of eclipses due in August, we determined the perfect houseplant to balance the energies of your indoor spaces this summer.

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