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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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Crypsis: Nature’s camouflage

August 13, 2014

Chances are your garden is full of life that you have never seen. Don’t feel bad; there is an excellent reason these animals are difficult to see. Any animal that is easy to find quickly becomes a predator’s next meal. A mother bird that must find thousands of caterpillars in just a few days to […]

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A window on diverse functionality, from foundation plantings to living landscape

August 12, 2014

How a neglected part of the yard became a thriving spot of beauty and habitat for wildlife. This following series of images illustrates the transformation of a relatively sterile space off a north-facing bathroom window of our Pennsylvania home. Though a bathroom view may seem mundane, like the view from a kitchen window it is […]

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Natives in formal and informal designs

August 11, 2014

Though native plants are sometimes considered appropriate only for informal design styles, there’s no reason for this. Style, and formality or informality, have more to do with management than with plant selection. Ferns are among the most adaptable and durable possibilities for the herbaceous layer. Though many are deciduous, a few including marginal shield fern […]

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The Living Landscape: Applying layers to the Home Garden

August 7, 2014

What brings life to a landscape? Gardening is unique among the arts because its primary materials are literally alive, but are gardens merely beautiful arrangements of living objects? A growing awareness of a broad range of environmental relationships suggests the traditional object-oriented approach to garden-making is unable to guide us in the design and care […]

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What is wild?

January 20, 2010

Growing up, we were considered to be the country mice of the extended family as we lived on a one acre plot about 45 minutes from the “big city.” All of my cousins, aunts, and uncles lived on medium sized suburban city lots, and it was just understood that we lived in the wild, though […]

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