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Spring in bloom: For the love of hellebores

April 17, 2018

To celebrate the return of gardening season and  A Tapestry Garden, enjoy this delightful love letter to Hellebores by Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne!

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Celebrating the best springtime blooms

March 16, 2018

A year is long enough to be surprised by almost forgotten, often ephemeral, blooms that slumber underground and wake up just in time for spring. Celebrate the return of the season with Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne, the authors of A Tapestry Garden, for a roundup of the sweetest springtime ephemerals below.

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Permaculture for any space

March 31, 2017

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?

March 31, 2017

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 […]

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Holiday stress-relief

November 10, 2016

The most important herbs on your shopping list aren’t for dinner—chamomile, clove, basil, and orange provide powerful stress-relief aromatherapy. This holiday season, step into the garden or the pantry for a few cleansing breaths with a few of the fragrant plants featured in Kathi Keville’s bestselling book, The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and […]

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A magic carpet of thyme

July 18, 2011

The following excerpt is one of many fun ideas from Ivette Soler’s The Edible Front Yard: Make a patterned carpet in your edible garden by planting different varieties of thyme in contrasting colors, leaf shapes, and growth habits. Consider how the colors mix and mingle in a complex Persian carpet. Then take that spirit into […]

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