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An interview with Karen Randall

March 9, 2017

“Terrestrial gardening gets us outdoors and in touch with nature in a very profound way. Aquatic gardening gives us the opportunity to keep our hands dirty (and wet) year round!” —Karen Randall

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The underwater worlds of aquatic gardening

February 7, 2017

It’s so easy to fall under the spell of a skillfully planted aquarium: it’s like peeking into a tropical forest, an enchanted meadow, or a miniature mountain range. In Sunken Gardens, Karen Randall explains how to plan, design, plant, and maintain a beautiful, thriving aquascape. Here are some of our favorite images of these strange and beautiful underwater worlds.

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Winter is your lushest season for garden planning

December 1, 2016

With your garden dormant, the cold months are perfect for planning next year’s new landscaping projects and maintenance calendar. Pick up The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer to discover why Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America.

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Growing Carnivorous Plants Outside

October 13, 2016

With the wit and wisdom of one of the UK’s biggest garden celebrities, Carnivorous Plants helps home gardeners being these carnivorous, trendy oddities out of greenhouses and windowsills and into the year-round garden.

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The early life of Ruth Bancroft: The woman who inspired the Garden Conservancy

October 4, 2016

Like so many of us, Ruth Bancroft started life as an inquisitive child with a love of nature. Through her work at the iconic Ruth Bancroft Garden, she shaped the world of landscaping with a waterwise collage of colors and textures that proves a well-curated dry garden never goes out of style.

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Art and the design process

November 24, 2015

From Art to Landscape author W. Gary Smith shows how art informed two gardens by the celebrated designer Conrad Hamerman. I visited Conrad Hamerman, my design teacher from my undergraduate years, to talk about his west Philadelphia garden, which is bordered by a painted wooden fence with angular lines that look like they emerged from […]

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Words to live by: Quotes that inspire practical permaculture

April 30, 2015

Just as permaculture is inspired by natural systems, co-authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein hope to inspire you to more sustainable gardening with their book Practical Permaculture. The following quotes are some of the words that inspired them to such practices and to write about it.

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The Roots of My Obsession: 10 Quotes

November 19, 2012
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A roadside ditch becomes a blooming oasis

April 4, 2012

The following case study is an excerpt from Creating Rain Gardens. Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A. Designers: Rick and Lucy Briley Installed: Spring 2009 Rain garden size: 2000 square feet (185 square meters) Annual rainfall: 36 inches (90 cm) Our home is located toward the bottom of a street with a slight incline, but during […]

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Head on a swivel: My garden tour

March 16, 2012

Garden writer Benjamin Vogt opened his home garden to visitors during the Wachiska Audubon Society 2011 Garden Tour last summer. Today, he talks about the exciting–and sometimes stressful–experience of sharing your garden with others. It’s Sunday morning, Father’s Day, and already at 8am, three hours before the opening, it’s as muggy as an ocean. I couldn’t […]

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