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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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All photos by Janet Loughrey.

Edible herb gardens are as trendy as they are useful, and lavender can add color, fragrance, and a distinct floral flavor. With these suggestions for the best culinary varieties and three delicious lavender-obsessed recipes, you’ll be adding lavender to the mix immediately!

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Inspired by the rope planter project from Potted, we set out to adapt the craft for our office windowsills.

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Here’s the dirt: soil is the medium in which roots are anchored and from which nutrients, water, and oxygen are obtained.

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