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From the leaves and branches of the canopy to the roots and soil of the understory, the forest is a complex, interconnected ecosystem filled with plants, birds, mammals, insects, and fungi. The Living Forest: A Visual Journey Into the Heart of the Woods by Robert Llewellyn and Joan Maloof celebrates this beautiful and mysterious system with lush photography and vivid essays.

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By Helen Sewell. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Please note: “Little House” ® is a registered trademark of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

North and east of Pepin, the mix of trees changed to the boreal forest that sweeps far into Canada. Here the conifers—pine, tamarack, and spruce—go to the front of the class, along with birch, beech and maple. So when the Ingallses drove north to Grandpa Ingalls’s farm for maple sugaring in late winter, their journey followed the actual distribution of tree species in the woods.
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Amanita bisporigera, or the destroying angel,  is a common large white mushroom in mature forests, but also is found in grassy areas if a host tree species are present. Photo by the author.

Not all mushrooms are edible, not all mushrooms are poisonous, but if you wish to use macrofungi for food, you should become an expert at identifying the edible and the poisonous species.

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Bristly hairs on comfrey leaves can cause skin irritations, so wear gloves while harvesting. A comfrey soak, compress, or wash can be beneficial in wound healing, or in the event of a break or soft tissue damage.

As a reputable tissue- and wound-healer, comfrey is an important plant for the apothecary and first aid kit. Learn more about identifying and using the powerful properties of comfrey from Lisa M. Rose, author of Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness.

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Big bluestem (foreground) stands over six feet tall in late October. Along with tall-growing companions switchgrass and Indian grass, its presence is as dramatic as any shrub.

Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke walk us through the Chelsea Grasslands, West 18th Street to West 20th Street

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Photo by Dan Mathews.

So you’ve finalized your travel plans for #SolarEclipse2017, procured your fancy glasses, and kept up on the most important news updates. Now what?

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Spring plantings enliven the area around the reflecting pool at Filoli.

William Bowers Bourn had a credo: “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life.” Take the first two letters of “fight,” “love,” and “live” and what do you have? Filoli, the extraordinary garden estate Bourn built about thirty miles south of San Francisco. With its Gilded Age house and Golden Age garden, Filoli is a glamorous memory of lives lived on a grand scale in a setting of incomparable beauty. It has no peer in Northern California and is now a National Historic Landmark.

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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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