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

May 30, 2017

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Flowering meadow design: RHS steppe-prairie

March 23, 2017

Using a distinct technique of sowing meadows from seed, James Hitchmough creates plant communities that mimic the dramatic beauty of natural meadows and offer a succession of blooms over many months. With case studies in some of the world’s most respected gardens, Hitchmough walks you though the gardening techniques and design strategies you need to […]

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An interview with James Hitchmough

February 28, 2017

“I think almost all planting is in some way a combination of the artistic and the scientific, and my work is no different.” —James Hitchmough

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An interview with Larry Weaner

November 15, 2016

“I still consider myself primarily a garden designer, however, one that tries to guide instead of dominate nature.” —Larry Weaner

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What makes a designed plant community different (and why it matters)

October 7, 2015

To create resilient landscapes, write Planting in a Post-Wild World authors Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, focus on a plant’s ecological performance rather than its country of origin. A designed plant community is a translation of a wild plant community into a cultural language. Why do plant communities need translating? Practicality, for one thing—urban and […]

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9 advantages of gardening with self-seeders

September 2, 2015

9 good reasons to consider Cultivating Chaos. Traditional gardening has worked successfully for centuries, so why would you want to change the way you have always gardened? This is a legitimate question, but times have changed and so have our ideas and desired outcomes for gardens. Here are some of the advantages of gardening with […]

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How to dispose of invasive plants

May 2, 2013

Dead, nearly dead, yanked up, or poisoned plant parts present a disposal challenge for the home gardener. Please bear in mind that you do not want the refuse to regenerate somehow in your yard or wherever it is hauled off to. Otherwise, the infestation might return or pop up elsewhere—not good.

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Little House on the Praire-style garden

October 28, 2010

Our new book Prairie-Style Gardens has an intriguing subtitle: Capturing the Essence of the American Prairie Wherever You Live. Who wouldn’t want to do that? When I think of the prairie, my mind runs to wide expanses of space, big blue sky, and wildflowers. And I would love to capture even a bit of that […]

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The desert smells like rain

April 28, 2010

This guest post was written by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, authors of What’s Wrong with My Plant?, and originally appeared on their blog. In Arizona the desert wildflowers are particularly abundant this year because of the generous rainfall last winter. We’re driving through this enchanting landscape on our way to bookstore appearances at Changing […]

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