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Gardens of the High Line: Chelsea Grasslands

August 22, 2017

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

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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 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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The most important part of a plant’s environment

May 19, 2017

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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The birds and the bees of plant reproduction

May 19, 2017

One of the special rewards of day-to-day work in a garden is witnessing the unfolding reproductive cycles of plants. Here are some interesting insights into the ways plants proliferate: when a stamen and a pistil love each other very much…

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Maximizing plant personalities

May 15, 2017

Which plant divas are people most smitten with? And how do you optimize their potential in your own garden?

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