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Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica). Photos by the author.

Blue is consistently the color that intrigues humans most, perhaps unsurprisingly because true blue is one of the rarest shades in nature. That rarity gives blue its allure.

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Photo by Mark Turner.

Summer is the ideal time to pack up for a journey from coast to coast. Whether you want to study the diversity of landscapes from the Pacific Northwest to New England (and everything in between), or you’re just enjoying afternoon explorations in your own backyard, our Timber Press Field Guides will inspire and educate. How many of these amazing natural wonders you can see this summer?
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Cooking with local, seasonal veggies is one of the most satisfying ways to celebrate the unique tastes of your region. We asked the authors of our regional Vegetable Gardening Guides to share some of their favorite go-to recipes. To learn more about growing your own regional fruits and vegetables, consult the expert advice in your regional’s Vegetable Gardening Guide!

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by Timber Press on April 13, 2017

in Craft

Start crafting now!

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Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto. Photo from np&djjewell Flickr, edited.

I am the person you spot up in the tree, dirt smeared across my face. “Is that a large bird up there?” you may wonder.

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A stand of red alder grows along Panther Creek in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot Wilderness. Included photos by the author unless otherwise noted.

To determine whether harvesting is appropriate and to ensure that the places where we harvest medicinal plants remain healthy and viable for many generations to come, I encourage you to gain as much understanding as possible of the intricate web of interrelations that keep ecosystems functioning in a healthy way.

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The edge of this garden shows the layers that are characteristic of the woodland garden style. All included photos by the author.

When designing your shade garden, it is helpful to study existing gardens to get ideas and inspiration.

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Wild blue phlox, tiarella, and yellow corydalis usher the visitor to a shaded sitting spot. Photo by C. Colston Burrell.

These gardens exemplify the many ways that design can transform a garden from something merely pleasant into an extraordinary blend of plants, hardscape, and that elusive quality, “sense of place.”

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To determine the best placement for plantings and structures, permaculture offers you a way to look at the garden in terms of zones, and there are sustainable options for gardens of every size.

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Are you wasting energy?

by Timber Press on March 31, 2017

in Design

This old-style windmill sits on the island of Shodoshima in Japan.

For existing buildings, an energy audit is a great place to start. You can do your own simple energy audit or have a professional consultant do a more thorough, technical job. Some cities, states, and utilities offer incentives for doing an energy audit on your home. Ultimately, an energy audit will tell you where inefficiencies show up and suggest ways to fix them.

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