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Wildlife spectacles and “scant regard for food-chain decorum”

October 23, 2017

In her article “Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain,” Natalie Angier details the unexpected hunting habits that are driving some researchers to consider mantises a class all their own. With 3D vision and “scant regard for food-chain decorum,” mantises may be less like insects and more like aspiring vertebrates. Inspired, and a little unnerved out […]

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A haunted graveyard in miniature

October 11, 2017

Glowing jack-o’-lanterns, creaking porches, cobwebdraped windows and doors, and kids laughing and scaring each other willy-nilly are among the sights and sounds that make our spines tingle every October. Halloween is fun for everyone. But when it comes to the garden, full-size or miniature, there is only one very scary thing to make: a haunted […]

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Everything you need to know to tour the Bay’s Filoli garden estate

July 28, 2017

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 […]

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The lure of a meadow

July 28, 2017

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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Functional elements for modern garden design

July 24, 2017

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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Summer strategies to get your kids outside

June 29, 2017

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 […]

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A miniature Independence Day garden

June 27, 2017

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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Summer succulents and trusty tropicals: In leaves we trust

June 7, 2017

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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Elevate your landscape: Five plants from New York’s High Line to bring home

May 30, 2017

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Plant selection color wheel

May 25, 2017

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