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    Does the thought of a trip to the flower market make your palms sweat? Maybe I'm projecting, but I think big city flower markets can be unnerving for most people: The crowds. The hustle. The options.

    The first few times I went to the New York City Flower Market on 28th Street, I left feeling as though I'd been through the wringer. I also felt like I had more flowers than I knew what to do with and less money remaining in my wallet than was healthy. 

    Then I arranged the florals for a Remodelista Market in New York and had an excuse to visit the flower market again. While I'm still no expert, I feel like I have a sufficient number of visits under my belt to offer a tip or two. Consider this the amateur's guide to navigating New York's flower market, and use it as excuse to make a trip (or two) to the market for yourself.

    Photography by Rebecca Baust for Gardenista. 

    Plan Ahead

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    Above: I give this tip cautiously: too much planning and you'll find yourself devastated because no one had precisely the shade of coral ranunculus you were after; too little planning and you'll go in asking for holly berries in the middle of June and leave with ten tons of flowers you didn't intend to purchase. Keep in mind the budget you're working with and your color palette, and then let the flowers that are available be your guide.

    Arrive Early

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: The market opens at 5:30 am and individual shops begin to close up around 10:30 am. If you're not a professional florist, you can likely enjoy your breakfast after the sun has risen and get there closer to 8 am and still find a healthy selection.

    Browse First, Buy Later

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: I'm the worst at following this rule. I see something that I like and I want to snatch it up. This isn't entirely wrongheaded—there are only so many dainty bundles of tallow berries to be had—but it might also mean you don't walk away with the best deal. Don't hesitate to browse from shop to shop until you find what you're looking for. 

    Buy in Bulk

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Flowers at the market come in bundles. If you want just a stem of something, head to your local florist instead.

    Use the Shelves

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Most shops in the market have metal shelves where shoppers can stash the flowers they'd like to purchase. Don't hesitate to put up your unwieldy bundles while you shop. Your fellow shoppers will thank you.

    Ask Questions

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: The first few times I went to the market, I was too shy. Don't hesitate to ask a sales associate questions about bloom time, price, and inventory.

    Check for Freshness

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Touch and smell the merchandise to make sure it's fresh.

    Bring Cash

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Not all shops accept credit cards, so make it easy on yourself and bring plenty of cash to make your purchases.

    Make Friends with Cats

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Just another well-fed NYC feline.

    Wear Comfortable Clothes

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: Carry a practical bag: you'll want to have your hands free for toting home parcels.

    Tips for Care

    navigating the new york city flower market | gardenista

    Above: What to do after you're home? So glad you asked. Flowers at the market come unprocessed, so you'll have to remove excess leaves and thorns and give a fresh cut to the stems.

    Seasonal Selections

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    Above: This time of year, you'll find wintry privet berries, tallow berries, and seeded eucalyptus. 

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  • 11/24/15--06:00: DIY: Thanksgiving Outdoors
  • Thanksgiving hike and picnic, anyone? If the weather cooperates, nothing is lovelier than dining outdoors. Mix and match sturdy tableware with your best silverware for a holiday to remember fondly all winter. Here's how to pull off rustic elegance:

    Photography by Michelle Slatalla.

    Thanksgiving outdoors DIY

    Above: Nothing feels more decadent than exposing a heavy linen tablecloth to the elements. So don't. Keep your grandmother's hand-embroidered textiles indoors where they're safe and instead cover an outdoor dining table with a Canvas Drop Cloth (a 4-by-12-foot drop cloth is $19.28 from Amazon).

    The secret to making a drop cloth look and feel as nice as a heavy linen cloth is to launder it—and tumble it dry—just before you put it on a table. Wrinkle free, it will drape beautifully.

    The Basics

    Thanksgiving outdoors branches and lichens centerpiece tabletop ; Gardenista

    Above: If you're dining outside, the next question to ask yourself is: what do I own that is unbreakable? We set the table with enamelware plates and bowls from Falcon, heavy glass tumblers, and mismatched pieces of vintage silverware.

    We kept the palette muted so the natural surroundings could play a starring role in the decor.

    The Look

    Thanksgiving outdoors ; Gardenista

    Above: To prevent the napkins from blowing away in a breeze, we weighted them with the place settings. Our linen Sanders Napkins are available in ten colors including Coal (as shown), a color that won't show dirt as readily as white; $25 apiece from Matteo.

    We set the table with Falcon's new Coal Black Plate Set (a set of four is £24.99) and, anticipating a soup course, a Deep Plate Set (a set of four is £39.99). We flipped the deep plates over to create a dome to protect the plates from airborne fluff and pollen.

    We snipped a sprig of rosemary to drape across each place setting—any fragrant herb will do—to remind guests that they're in the garden.

    Thanksgiving outdoors branches and lichens centerpiece tabletop ; Gardenista

    Above: On a morning hike, we found a branch covered in silvery lichen and Old Man's Beard and brought it home to decorate the tabletop.

    Thanksgiving outdoors ; DIY

    Above: Martha Stewart used to sell these jadeite tumblers online and they still pop up on eBay from time to time, where a set of four Faceted Tumblers is currently available (starting bid $49.99). Made by Fenton Glass, Martha's tumblers were based on a midcentury design; a set of four Authentic Fenton Jadeite Milk Glass Tumblers from the 1950s is available for $155 from The Midcentury Shop via Etsy.

    We buy our jadeite-colored taper candles at the local grocery. But if you have a hard time finding the perfect color, a set of six hand-dipped Green Taper Candles is available for $5.37 from Etsy. 

    Thanksgiving outdoors Lambs ear in a vase ; Gardensita

    Above: For a final silvery green note, we picked some velvet-soft lamb's ear from the garden and used our unbreakable enamel Ikea water pitcher as a vase. An 8.75-inch Sockerart Pitcher is $14.99.

    Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Let us help, with:

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    Food blogger Laura Silverman of Glutton for Life lives in a cedar-shingle cottage in upstate New York. We sent her into her garden to find inspiration—and she came back with a Thanksgiving menu to please every guest (including those who request gluten-free sandwiches, meat-free entrees, and leftovers lunch on Friday).

    This week, try one or all of her recipes (and read on to see her garden in all its glory):

    Photography by Laura Silverman, except where noted.

    Gluten Free Collard Wraps

    Gluten Free Collard Wraps; Gardenista

    Above: Call it a turkey sandwich substitute. Laura wraps caramelized tofu and crispy sprouts in collard leaves for lunch. Try the same technique with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. Says Laura: "Interesting sandwich substitutes are always welcome." For more ways to eat your greens, see Laura's recipes for Creamed Winter Greens.

    Find Your Roots: Vegetable Pan Roast

    vegetables potatoes yams herbs sage ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

    Above: "Root vegetables have an affinity for each other and you can’t go wrong with almost any combination," says Laura. Before roasting, she cuts them into uniformly sized pieces (so everything cooks at the same rate). See her recipe for Winter Vegetable Pan Roast.

    Carrot-Ginger Soup

    Carrot soup ; Gardenista

    Above: Laura says the humble carrot deserves more than a supporting role in a Thanksgiving menu. See more of her Root Vegetable Musings and see her recipe for Carrot-Ginger Soup.

    Raw Foods: Cranberry Relish

    Raw cranberry relish thanksgiving ; Gardenista

    Above: Some people think traditional cranberry sauce is too gloopy, or too sweet, or too something. Laura has a solution: raw cranberry relish, made with fennel and apple. She used a food processor to chop everything. See her recipe for Raw Cranberry Relish

    Vegetarian Entree: Stuffed Squash

    Stuffed squash vegetarian thanksgiving ; Gardenista

    Above: Stuffed and Roasted Winter Squash is a hearty dish involving cheesy goodness; even the carnivores won't miss meat.

    Pie Alternative: Skillet Apple Cake

    Farmhouse apple cake skillet recipe ; Gardenista

    Above: "Apples really shine in this traditional Italian farmhouse cake, where thin slices of the fruit are held together with just-melted butter, a couple of eggs, and a scant amount of flour," says Laura. Here's her recipe for Farmhouse Apple Cake.

    Leftovers Lunch

    Turkey tostadas ; Gardenista

    Above: Friday is another day. Turkey tostadas are about as far away from Thanksgiving as you can get, and for this you'll be grateful," says Laura. See her recipe for Turkey Tostadas

    Laura's Garden

    Vegetable garden Laura Silverman ; Gardenista

    Above: Laura Silverman's garden provides inspiration for Thanksgiving—and for dinner every day. Take a tour in Garden Visit: A Cook's Garden in Upstate New York.

    Looking for last-minute inspiration for a Thanksgiving menu? See:

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    This time of year, you see so many conifers—spruces and pines and firs lined up in Christmas tree lots or lashed to car roofs or covered in colored lights—that you might wonder: how will I live without them come January? You don't have to:

    Blue spruce tree needles conifers evergreen ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Flickr.

    Blue-tinged leaves are a silvery complement to other plants. A 2.25-gallon Colorado Blue Spruce Tree is $26.98 from Lowe's.

    Above: A low-growing ground hugger, Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' reaches a height of 16 inches and is hardy from zones four through eight; a 4-inch-tall starter plant is $5.95 from Evergreen Plant Nursery. Photograph by Jonathan Landsman via Flickr.

    Above: The bottom side of a needle on Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' is white, which gives the Silver Korean Fir a snow-covered look even in summer. Hardy from zones five to eight, it will reach a height of 30 feet. A one-gallon pot of 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' is $35 from Singing Tree Gardens. Photograph by Megan Hansen via Flickr.

    Above: White fir (Abies concolor) is native to the western US and can reach a height of 200 feet if left to its own devices (growing on the side of a mountain, say). A tiny 3-foot-tall Abies Concolor is $79 from Forest Farm. Photograph by WBLA Corky via Flickr.

    Above: 'Blue Totem' is one of many varieties of blue spruce; some reach heights of 50 feet. Hardy from zones three to eight, it prefers full sun. A Picea pungens bareroot seedling is $21.68 from Amazon. Photograph by F.D. Richards via Flickr.

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    Deviate from Thanksgiving standards at the table, and face the wrath and whining from all ages. You don't mess with sacred dishes. But with cocktails, we will be taking total creative license. Here are 10 cocktails (with links to recipes), all tested by Gardenista editors. Here's to friends, to family, and to plenty more: 

    Caledonia Spirits, Mayflower Cocktail bu Justine Hand for Gardenista

    Above: The name couldn't be more apropos. The Mayflower, sipped at Vermont's Caledonia Distillery, made Justine a very happy pilgrim. A balanced mix of gin, cider, lime juice, simple syrup, and angostura bitters; in other words, it is a sip of New England in a glass.  

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Mayflower.

    ' Shiso cocktail shisito ; Gardenista

    Above: Taking a cue from the resourceful pilgrims, Marie transformed shiso grown in her Harlem garden into the Shisito, a mojito-inspired cocktail. With the herb's floral and cinnamon notes, it makes stuffing zestier and your gravy, more savory. Call it umami for Thanksgiving.    

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Shisito.

    mulled apple cider with a secret ingredient | gardenista

    Above: It's cold outside, and Mulled Apple Cider is the perfect antidote to blizzards and polar vortexes. "To warm the heart cockles," Erin has the secret ingredient to mixing the perfect mug of spicy and sweet.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider.

    sour cherry rickey with cecil and merl bitters | gardenista

    Above: A make-ahead cocktail keeps the good times rolling without forcing the host to break a sweat. This year, we give thanks to Sour Cherry Rickey. Mix the base—sour cherry bitters, simple syrup, lime, and gin—the night before. When guests arrive, all that's left to do is pour and top with soda.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Sour Cherry Rickey.

    Holiday cocktail Ethicurean Apple Flip l Gardenista

    Above: Kendra finds a history lesson in The Apple Flip. Until the mid-19th century in America, the beverage was made with beer, rum, and egg, and given a frothy head by brawny colonial mixologists (who would aerate the drink by pouring it from container to container). The modern version, made with more refined booze—namely cider brandy and an apple aperitif—is still worth making a big batch as our forbears did.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Apple Flip.

    a campari blood orange cocktail for valentine's day | gardenista

    Above: Winter is coming, and that means blood oranges have arrived. We will be spending the season with many flutes of Olivia's Blood Orange Campari Mimosa. It makes a sophisticated pre-feast tippler. 

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Blood Orange Campari Mimosa.

    Holiday cocktails Tom Collins with lime l Gardenista

    Above: Proof that you don't need an arsenal of mixers, bottles, and garnishes to be a fabulous host, Michelle cites the Tom Collins, a four-ingredient drink of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda, as the "cornerstone of an instant holiday party." Photograph courtesy of Sweet and Bitters.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Tom Collins.

    the drunken botanist | gardenista

    Above: Between hearty helpings, a gin and tonic is a Thanksgiving palate cleanser. Like a crisp salad but in liquid form, Erin finds a taste of the garden in the Mamani Gin & Tonic, muddled with cucumber and jalapeño, from Amy Stewart, otherwise known as the Drunken Botanist.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Mamani Gin & Tonic.

    Sangria soda via Luxirare l Gardenista

    Above: Sangria Soda, not just a summer imbibe, celebrates the bounty of fall fruits, pomegranates, oranges, and apples. Plus, the fizz makes it extra festive. Photograph via Luxirare

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Sangria Soda.

    mint julep with ice holiday cocktail on Gardenista

    Above: Thanksgiving on ice? If you're pouring Mint Juleps, Erin says yes, please. Serve them in julep cups for a fancy hint of silver at the table—no polishing required.

    For step-by-step instructions, see Cocktail Recipe: Mint Julep.

    Looking for more recipes, tips, and secrets to your best meal of the year? Browse our top Thanksgiving stories:

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    A best seller at every Remodelista market? Soulful, handmade tableware that's equally right for everyday and festive occasions. Today we're spotlighting work by the nine ceramic artists who will be participating in our California holiday markets next month. 

    • Los Angeles—Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6: The Remodelista Market will be in residence at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place near Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    • San Francisco—Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13: The Remodelista Market will be in the factory space at Heath Ceramics at 2900 18th St. in the Mission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

     

    Above: UK-trained Japanese ceramic artist Saiko Fukuoka makes powerfully quiet, minimalist forms that are a favorite at our kitchenware haunt, San Francisco shop March SF.

    Above: From where else but Topanga Canyon? LA's hippie revival is on thanks to the wabi-sabi work of Beth Katz of Mt. Washington Pottery.

    Above: In demand by Bay Area restaurateurs, Sarah Kersten of Berkeley specializes in fermentation jars—see our post Fermentation Fever—and has just added enormously useful covered bowls to her repertoire.

    Above: At Pope Valley Pottery in the Napa Valley, ceramic artist Kelly P. Farley makes serving trays, footed bowls, and other white wares that are a Remodelista staple. 

    Above: San Francisco artist Len Carella is known for his lidded jars and other sculptural designs detailed with leather pulls.

    Above: Makers of porcelain inlaid stoneware, hanging air plant pots, and other exotica, Knotwork LA is a collaboration between industrial designer Linda Hsiao and architect Kagan Taylor. It all began as a weekend outlet for exploring "ideas that came to us in the middle of the night."

    Above: At her Petaluma pottery, Jessica Wertz divides her time between creating modern-rustic kitchen designs and porcelain jewelry. Shown here, her matte-white Cut-Out Utensil Jar with a clear glossy interior glaze.

    Above: Sculptor and artist Richard Carter is another Remodelista Market regular. We're big fans of his contemporary farmhouse designs. Take a tour of his house and studio in the hills above Napa Valley here.

      

    Above: An ode to the rough coastline of the Northern California, Linda Fahey's wave-patterned blue-and-white porcelain wares focus on what she calls "dynamic simplicity."

    To see more highlights from our December Remodelista Holiday Markets in LA and SF, go to Coming to California.

    And for more of our favorite pottery studio tableware, see 10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Dinnerware from Ceramics Studios.

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    Yes, it's about the food. We know that. We've been to a Thanksgiving or two. But, really? We like decorating the table. OK, make that love.

    This year, we're starting early. We asked one of our favorite stylists, Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby, to design a special no-cost Thanksgiving tabletop for us. It turns out that all you need for a Rockwellian moment are nice napkins, sparkly glasses, candles, and foraged greenery from the garden.

    The best part, Beth says, is that anyone can recreate the look of her Thanksgiving tabletop. Follow her tips for how to mix and match items already on hand: 

    Photography by Beth Kirby for Gardenista.

      Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Tip No. 1: Create an unexpected hanging centerpiece using vines and greenery foraged from around your neighborhood or yard...

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    ...and echo it with a few bits on the table.

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Above: A handful of S-hooks is all it takes to hang them. 

      Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Tip No. 2: Use food from the meal as part of your centerpiece. A few leftover squash or a bundle of herbs in a small bottle pay homage to the meal as well as brighten up the table in a subtle, seasonal way. 

     

    Tip No. 3:. Don’t be a afraid to mix and match your napkins—and let them be wrinkly and wild. The movement and the casual look of a table strewn with mixed napkins is inviting. When mixing, try to stick to napkins all of the same print—like the stripes here— or of the same color range. 

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Tip No. 4: Serve family style and let your serving pieces and cookware be the stars of your table.

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Above: Do you have a cool vintage copper pot or an heirloom cast iron skillet? Put a trivet on the table and serve straight out of them. They look great and the food stays warm. 

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista  

    Tip No. 5: Try using mugs as bowls. They give height to each place setting and make even a casual table feel as if it has personality. 

    Thanksgiving tabletop decor tips from Beth Kirby ; Gardenista

    Tip No. 6: A few candles go a long way and the more imperfect the better. Grab a few from around your house and light them as the light sinks lower. 

     

    Tip No. 7: Keep it simple. Plain glassware and simple white plates always look good. Keep your color palette to one or two natural colors and patterns at a minimum, and you’re guaranteed a classic table every time.

    Want more Thanksgiving tabletop ideas? For inspiration, see:

    For a tour of Beth Kirby's kitchen remodel, see One-Month Makeover: Beth Kirby's Star-is-Born Kitchen on Remodelista.

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    The other day Michelle emailed me a photo of a house with an unusual color palette. The dark gray painted-brick facade was accented by both black and white painted trim. "It looks like it's wearing a tuxedo," she said. "And yet fantastic. Why?"

    As an interior designer, I'm happy to answer color questions—hers and yours. Are you wondering what color to paint your front door, or why the trim on your house looks dingy, or if your fence would look better stained dark? If so, let me know in the comments section below (a photo would be great). Your paint dilemma could be chosen as the topic of our next Curb Appeal post.

    Now, back to Michelle's question about the dark gray house. A house dressed in a tuxedo (actually I think it looks more like a morning coat) shouldn't look good. Too many colors and too much contrast usually add up to chaos. But this particular house has great curb appeal. Read on to find out why—and for the paint colors you need to recreate the look.

    Photography by Clementine Quittner for Gardenista, except where noted.

    Curb Appeal Black Gray House White Trim Paint ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Oscar V.

    Belgium-based builders and designers Paul Vanrunxt and Kurt Geens of Oscar V are responsible for this Flemish facade near Keerbergen. With its steeply pitched roof, large windows, and symmetrical facade, this is a house that could have great curb appeal painted any number of colors. 

    But this color scheme looks especially good. One reason is all the greenery that frames the house. Green shrubs—and an absence of other colors in the plantings—create a nice foil for the intensity of this moody, dark paint palette.

      Curb Appeal Black Gray House White Trim Paint ; Gardenista

    Above: The paint colors that will recreate the look are, from top to bottom, Iron Mountain, Mascarpone, and Black Beauty. All are Benjamin Moore colors.

    While I was searching for the right paint colors to recreate the look, I realized that the gray paint color has very strong brown undertones. Iron Mountain is a warm gray (rather than a cool one) and ties the color to the natural landscape surrounding the house.

    The gray was the trickiest of the three colors to choose. The warmth of the gray is really important; it needs to have an earthiness to it.

    Curb Appeal Black Gray House White Trim Paint ; Gardenista

    Above: Above: But the real key to making this palette work is the white. You need it for contrast.

    Curb Appeal Black Gray House White Trim Paint ; Gardenista

    Above: Without the white? This would be a very sad color combination. For this palette to work, the black color must never touch the gray.

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    Above: Photograph via Oscar V.

    The divided pane windows have a lot of trim pieces to paint. A wide, flat piece of trim surrounds the windows and doors, enabling the white to function like a  picture frame.

    Curb Appeal Black Gray House White Trim Paint ; Gardenista

    Above: Do you want to recreate this look on your own house? Here's a checklist.

    Make sure:

    • A medium-sized trim uniformly surrounds the windows and doors, enabling the white to function like a picture frame.
    • The windows themselves have enough paintable surface for the black to show.
    • Your roof's color belongs to the gray, black, or white families. (You do not want to introduce yet another contrasting color.)
    • Your facade has symmetrical elements you can emphasize. Symmetry will unify the look; asymmetry could make the contrasting colors look like chunky blocks.

    Thinking of painting your kitchen cabinets a dark color? See the palette Stephanie chose for Kitchen Rehab: Michelle's Mill Valley Remodel.

    Looking for the perfect Gray, Black, or White exterior paint color? Our favorites are in our Paints & Palettes archives.

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    There's a reason more than half of all gardeners plan to grow edibles this year. Food you grow tastes better, is healthier for you, and fills you with a quiet feeling of pioneer satisfaction. Actually, that's a lot of reasons. Our Design Guide for Edible Gardens includes 40 of our most popular posts to make yours easy to plant, a pleasure to cultivate, beautiful to look at—and delicious to eat:

    Garden Design and Layout

    pea gravel paths edible garden beds ; Gardenista

    Above: Pea gravel paths keep weeds down and feel pleasant underfoot in a garden by Susan Cohan Designs. For more, see Hardscaping 101: Pea Gravel.

    An edible garden should be as beautiful as it is useful. A pleasing design will lure you to spend time more time in the garden, where you'll discover that weeding, staking, and fertilizing will only make it lovelier. For inspiration, see 136 images of our favorite Edible Gardens in the Gardenista Photo Gallery.

    mix ornamental and edible plants in kitchen garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Garlic and echinacea are both blooming in A Cook's Garden in Upstate New York. Photograph by Laura Silverman.

    Whether your edible garden is tiny or vast, choose a design that mixes ornamental and edible plants. Lay out paths that are a comfortable width and use material that feels good underfoot. Garden beds should be generously sized but narrow enough for you to weed without stepping into them. For edible garden design tips, see Hardscaping 101: Raised Garden Beds.

    Edible garden bed layout design ; Gardenista

    Above: Raised beds allow you to control the quality of soil. Uniformity in shape, size, and height creates a pleasing layout. For more of this garden, see The Ultimate Edible Garden, Courtesy of a California Master.

    Drip irrigation on water trough raised beds ; Gardenista

    Above: If space is tight, even a single raised bed is enough for an edible garden. We like the technique of turning a water trough into an edible garden. For tips, see Steal This Look: Water Troughs as Raised Beds.

    Elegant deer proof fencing edible kitchen garden Hamptons ; Gardenista

    Above: An elegant deer proof fence for an edible garden on Long Island's East End. For more about how this garden was designed, see The Landscape Designer Is In: Elegant Deer Fencing, Hamptons Edition.

    Don't tell the deer we said this, but deer proofing is an essential part of the design process. For tips, see The Garden Designer is In: Deer Proofing an Edible Garden.

    Drip irrigation system at The French Laundry in Yountville ; Gardenista

    Above: The drip irrigation system at the French Laundry in Yountville, CA.

    When you design an edible garden bed, lay out a drip irrigation system before you plant. For the basics, see Hardscaping 101: Drip Irrigation.

    Sheila Bonnell Orleans Cape Cod Kitchen Garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Architect Sheila Bonnell waters her edible garden the old-fashioned way on Cape Cod. For more of her garden, see Architect Visit: A Kitchen Garden on Cape Cod. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

    Choosing Plants and Seeds

    cilantro seeds John Merkl ; Gardenista

    Above: In winter you can sprout seeds indoors to transplant into the spring garden. Early crops, such as lettuces, can be sown directly into the ground in March when the dirt soft enough to work with a trowel.

    Some of our favorite sources for seeds are Jardin Seed Co. (which sells 135 varieties of heirloom seeds); Kitazawa Seed Co. (which sells more than 250 varieties of traditional heirloom vegetables from Japan), and family-owned Homestead Seeds (with more than 200 varieties of heirloom squash, pumpkin, and gourd seeds).

    Jardin heirloom seeds ; Gardenista

    Above: If you have a small space (or are growing edibles indoors, consider growing microgreens for salad. For tips, see Ask the Expert: 9 Tips to Grow Edible Microgreens.

    artichoke in garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Star Apple Gardens.

    What companions are you going to plant—and where? It's important that the plants in your edible garden be friends. It's a little bit like drawing up a classroom seating chart for middle school students. For ideas, see DIY: Plants Have Best Friends Too.

    For tips about which plants are friendly (and which need their space), see our Field Guides. We have dozens of growing guides for herbs such as Rosemary and Basil; for vegetables like Brussels Sprouts and Kale, and for fruits including Apples and Persimmons. And we've given them all nicknames. Guess which plant we (affectionately) call "Better Bletted?"

    Edible salad nasturtium pansy pansies petals Kendra Wilson ; Gardenista

    Above: Kendra eats flowers in her salad. Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Make room for edible flowers in your vegetable garden. Not only are they delicious, they'll also add a little color to the kale's cheeks. For tips on growing and eating edible flowers, see DIY: Add Edible Flowers to Your Salad and Laura Silverman's recipe for Flower-Flavored Butter.

    revive your cold frame with herbs | gardenista

    Above: Looking for the basics? For tips on growing Lettuces, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Chives, see our Field Guide archives.

    Seed Starting and Cold Frames

    Old Farmers' Almanac ; Gardenista

    Above: Know your climate. Before we try to grow anything, we like to consult The Old Farmers' Almanac (and not just because it's a "hoot," in Jeanne's opinion). This little book's format hasn't changed much since it was first published in 1792 (when George Washington was president). And it's still chock full of useful weather and climate information. If we're in a hurry, we might skip over the pages of astrological advice and go right to the section on crop rotation. 

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    Above: In winter or early spring, sprout seeds in homemade newspaper pots. Because the paper is biodegradable, you can transplant the pots directly into the garden. For more, see Gardening 101: How to Sprout a Seed and DIY: How to Make Newspaper Pots.

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    Above: A cold frame in fashion designer Courtney Klein's San Francisco backyard is built of 10-foot-long redwood planks. For more of her garden, see Courtney Klein's Mission District Backyard.

    To get a jump on the spring growing season, start seeds and keep seedlings warm in a cold frame. It's essentially a warming hut for plants; see Janet's comprehensive Hardscaping 101: Cold Frames for everything you need to know to get going.

    If you've got an old cold frame you haven't used in a while, Erin figured out that it's easy to DIY: Revive a Cold Frame.

    What to Eat

    First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House edible vegetable herb garden ; Gardenista

    Above: First Lady Michelle Obama dug up the grass on the White House lawn for the first time since World War II to plant herbs and vegetables. See more of her edible garden at Steal This Look: Michelle Obama's White House Garden.

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    Above: Cookbook author Marie Viljoen harvests year-round from an edible garden planted on her Harlem terrace. Try her Fennel Pesto and Mushrooms á la Greque. And browse through more of our 234 Garden-to-Table Recipes for more ideas.

    Guides and Handbooks

    Edible kitchen garden England UK ; Gardenista  

    Above: Photograph by Jason Ingram.

    Whether your edible garden is grand or humble, it helps to have a guidebook. We've dogeared quite a few pages of advice (and inspiration) about how to design, plant, and grow an edible garden. Some of our favorite books on the subject are The Beautiful Edible Garden, The Edible Balcony, Kitchen Garden Experts, and The Old Farmers' Almanac.

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    The Remodelista editors spent the week preparing for a homemade holiday season, picking paint colors and visiting houses built by hand:

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    Above: In Hudson, New York a simply furnished dining room with pale gray walls is always ready to host a celebration. See how to Steal This Look.

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    Above: Glamor is in the air with 10 Greenery-Draped Chandeliers, Holiday Edition.

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    Above: In a handmade cabin in Australia, designers Anthony and Phoebe Dann (and baby) spend weekends in an Off the Grid Retreat.

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    Above: Headed to Texas? Margot recommends San Antonio's New Emma Hotel, located in an old brewery.

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    Above: See suggestions for holiday gifts for teachers ("pair with a student-made card and a heartfelt note of thanks," Margot recommends) in Gift Guide 2015: What to Get a Teacher.

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    Take a look at our favorite things from the week: 

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    Instagram and Pinterest Pick of the Week

    Gardenista Instagram Pick of the Week: @ediblegardensla

    • Above: Edible Gardens LA (@ediblegardensla), a vendor at the Remodelista Market in Los Angeles is our latest Instagram discovery. 

    Gardenista Pinterest Pick: Chapparal Studio

    • Above: Does your Pinterest feed need more houseplant inspiration? Consider following Chaparral Studio's Planted Inside board. 

    For more Gardenista, see our Homegrown Holiday issue and head over to Remodelista to read their week dedicated to Handmade Holiday

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    This week in the world of nature and gardening, take a peek at next year's Chelsea Flower Show, New York newspaper boxes have become collection points for compostable materials, and a new study suggests early humans domesticated pumpkins. 

    Budweiser and the Nature Conservancy Work Against Wildfire

    Poudre River, Colorado | Gardenista Garden News

    Above: The Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo via Bellisimo

    Anheuser-Busch and the Nature Conservancy are partnering to cut down trees in a Colorado watershed in an attempt to minimize risk of uncontrolled wildfires. Fires have devastated the region in recent years, washing ash into the nearby Poudre River and contaminating drinking water. The Nature Conservancy has developed a prescription for proactively cutting down trees and using controlled burns to thin the forest, making it less dense and therefore less likely to succumb to uncontrolled fires. Read it at Mother Nature News

    Teaching Gardens Benefit Kids Whose Schools Can Afford Them

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    Above: Photo via Vermont Community Garden Network

    The Atlantic explores the benefits of school gardens and outdoor learning programs for kids, which teachers say help improve learning, attitudes about school, and social skills. However, funding differentials between wealthy and poorer schools make for very different outdoor learning experiences. Read it at the Atlantic

    Early Humans Caused, then Saved Pumpkins from Extinction

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    Above: Photo by Marie Viljoen for Gardenista in Garden-to-Table: Spiced Squash for Two

    A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that humans nearly caused total extinction of pumpkins and squashes, but saved several varieties by domesticating the plants. The study suggests that pumpkins and squashes thrived as much as 30,000 years ago as food for giant herbivore mammals. When humans arrived around 14,000 years ago, they caused a mass extinction of the animals, and most pumpkins and squashes went extinct. But the new human inhabitants domesticated several varieties, likely to use as tools and containers. Read it at Popular Science

    Peek Inside 2016 Chelsea Flower Show

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    Above: Photo via Royal Horticultural Society

    The Royal Horticultural Society has released a preview of programming for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, which will include a garden by Irish designer Diarmuid Gavin to be “inspired by British eccentricity,” an acoustic garden by Peter Eustance that will have a musical pulse, and a garden by Juliet Sargent meant to raise awareness of human slavery and trafficking. Read it at the Express

    New York Compost Box Project

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    Above: A retired New York Post newspaper box re-branded as a "New York Compost" box. Photo via 6sqft.

    New York City graphic designer and certified master composter Debbie Ullman has launched the New York Compost Box Project, which turns decommissioned newspaper vending boxes into collection bins for compostable materials. "My goal is to make people more aware of the value and ease of composting, while at the same time making use of these boxes we all know are yesterday’s news," she said. Read it at the Huffington Post

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    We're suffering from a severe case of anglophilia. Join us for a week of English gardens, new and old, with ideas to steal for your own:

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    Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more of this garden, see An Antiques Collector at Home in London.

    Monday

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    Above: Cyber Monday deals abound today. We round up 10 of the best in this week's Shopper's Diary.

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    Above: Kendra gets tips from British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith in this week's Garden Ideas to Steal post.

    Tuesday

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    Above: From London to Los Angeles, our favorite florists are offering holiday wreath-making workshops this month. Gillian has compiled a list of the year's best best for our Holiday Wreaths post.

    Wednesday

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    Above: For more of this garden, see A Night at Great Dixter.

    Above: Which English gardens do you most want to visit next spring? Plan ahead with Kendra, who's been to most of them and has advice to offer about where to go and when in this week's Garden Travel post.

    Thursday

    Dry stacked stone walls ; Gardenista

    Above: Is a dry-stacked stone wall the right hardscape element for your garden? We explore the pros and cons in this week's Hardscaping 101 post.

    Friday

    Ihako Ceramics ; Gardenista

    Above: Are you in LA (or headed there for the weekend)? Join us at our Remodelista Market at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place near Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. We'll be showcasing ceramics from some of our favorite potters.

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    Cyber Monday is a much friendlier way to kick off the holiday shopping season than Black Friday ever was. You can shop at work, for one thing, and also avoid exposure to loudspeaker-piped carols at shopping malls.

    We've been admirers of Cyber Monday ever since the National Retail Federation named the occasion in 2005, so we're not surprised to learn today is the biggest online shopping day of the year. With a long list of gardeners to shop for this holiday season (and an even longer list of friends and family we want to encourage to head outdoors for the fresh air), we've rounded up ten of the best Cyber Monday deals:

    Live boxwood topiaries ; Gardenista

    Above: Restoration Hardware is offering 20 percent off on orders of $500 or more with checkout code SAVE100 through Dec. 1. A collection of Live Boxwood Topiaries (planters sold separately) ranges in price from $45 to $470 depending on size and shape. A large Live Boxwood Cone is $500.

    Narcissus bulbs; Gardenista

    Above: Spring-blooming bulbs, including narcissi and hyacinths, are marked down by 50 percent at Terrain. A set of eight scented Narcissus 'White Lion' Bulbs with ruffled yellow and cream-colored petals is $4.95.

    Small hand pruners garden scissors ; Gardenista

    Above: With online checkout code ANZUTHANKS, Anzu New York is offering $10 off purchases of $100 or more through the end of today. A pair of Smart Scissors for snipping and pruning has an ergonomic grip and a Japanese stainless-steel blade; $58.

    Garden hand tool set ; Gardenista

    Above: Gardener's Supply is offering free shipping on orders above $75 through December 18. If you're shopping for a gift for a first-time gardener, a three-piece Classic Garden Barebones Tool Set includes a trowel, cultivator, and scissors and is $49.95. 

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    Above: ABC Carpet & Home is offering 20 percent off furniture, rugs carpeting, lighting and mirrors; use checkout code GRATEFUL through the end of today. From Fermob, an Outdoor Serving Cart is $995.

    Shiso seeds Etsy ; Gardenista

    Above: Many Etsy sellers are offering seasonal price cuts; go to Etsy Cyber Monday to search inventory. A packet of eight Organic Shiso Seeds is 62 cents from Emerald Cut on Etsy.

    Galvanized serving tray ; Gardenista

    Above: Get 15 percent off and free shipping from Crate & Barrel on orders of $49 or more with online checkout code SAVE15 through end of day today. A Decker Galvanized Tray is $29.95.

    Slate garden markers ; Gardenista

    Above: Housewares emporium Food 52 is offering free shipment on all orders today. A set of four Slate Garden Markers is $20.

    Frances Palmer terracotta urn flower pot ; Gardenista

    Above: Brook Farm General Store is offering 10 percent off orders of $100 or more and 20 percent off orders of $200 or more with checkout code GOBBLEGOBBLE through Dec. 1. From potter Frances Palmer, a hand-thrown No. 6 Terracotta Urn flower pot is $350.

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    Above: At West Elm, a galvanized iron Industrial Hanging Planter with a zinc finish and drainage hole is on sale, marked down to $39.99 from $49. West Elm offers students, teachers, and faculty 15 percent off purchases (a permanent offer) with a college, university, or teacher's email address.

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    Tom Stuart-Smith is the giant of British landscape design. These days, he is too big for Chelsea (it helped him find his voice, he says, while winning three Best in Show medals). We visit his private garden in Hertfordshire near London to learn his nine top secrets for garden design:

    Photography via Tom Stuart-Smith except where noted.

    Mood

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Creating a mood is the most important thing; not themes, not even plants. If a well-loved plant doesn't fit in with the overall mood: ditch it. To create the mood, search for the language of a place and listen to it. Look at the landscape around and incorporate elements of that into the garden, whether that is through a rusted water tank or an oak tree.

    Contrast

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Tight hedges and loose hedges; the bare and the lyrical; purple and green, naturalism and modernity. "Modernism is so often connected with minimalism in garden design," Tom Stuart-Smith writes in The Barn Garden, a slim and very readable volume co-authored with his wife Sue. He likes to make garden plans that are so simple as to be "almost mundane," but with an opposite approach to the rich planting.

    Texture

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    Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Texture and form are always more important than flower and color, an instinct shared by Beth Chatto (though they are both masters of color).

    N.B.: See Required Reading: Beth Chatto's 5 Favorite Flowers for a Gravel Garden if you'd like more texture and form over color.

    A Graceful Goodbye

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden; Gardenista

    Above: Use plants that also look good out of season, which die down well. The flowers might not be as showy but the plant always looks elegant. 

    Grasses

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Making up about a quarter of the planting in Tom Stuart-Smith's garden, grasses are repeated throughout for "a bold rhythm and simplicity." They also lend support to herbaceous perennials during the growing season. Grasses have a strong presence in the garden during the winter months, lending an air of the "heroically decrepit."

    A Journey

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: "From hearth to heath" or even, re-enacting life's trajectory, if you will. A large garden should lead you, ideally, from an ornamental foreground toward the infinite. Also in a large garden, vistas are key. Don't hide them with tall hedges. Place a statue in the center of an avenue, and the vista will bounce back at you.

    Tall Plants

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: At 6-foot-5, Tom Stuart-Smith favors tall plants so he can be "in amongst it all." He also knows that using tall plants makes a garden look wider and longer.

    Think of your garden space as an old map of a town or city, its mass of low buildings punctuated with spires. Give your tall plants plenty of elbow room; use low-growing, shade tolerant plants around them. Says Tom: "Every star needs its understudy."

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    Above: Tom Stuart-Smith (and assistant) in the garden.

    Age

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: Value the accumulation of years, This is more precious than an instant makeover. Get the structure right and then slowly fill up the spaces with flowers. Buy a few flowers that propagate easily so that soon you'll have plenty, cheaply.

    Breathing Space

    Tom Stuart-Smith Hertfordshire garden ; Gardenista

    Above: A meadow of wildflowers stretches as far as the eye can see, or at least as far as the eye would like to see.

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    Count down to Christmas with a DIY advent calendar that brings a tiny forest indoors. We spotted this easy project at Greenhouse Juice; all you need is a branch adorned with a sprig of fragrant pine (and a few other supplies):

    Advent calendar tree branch DIY ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Greenhouse Juice.

    For a full list of materials and step-by-step instructions, see Greenhouse Juice. "Choose how many days you want in your Advent calendar or Hanukkah branch," say the creators. "We chose twelve for the twelve days of Christmas."

    Kraft paper gift wrap ; Gardenista

    Above: For gift wrap from the garden, see Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas.

    Suspended from a branch, tiny gifts can be wrapped in Kraft Paper and Twine and decorated with a sprig of something green. A 15-foot roll of Scotch Kraft Postal Wrapping Paper is $1.89 from Create for Less. A set of eight rolls of Nutscene Jute Twine is $14.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

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    Above: You also can wrap small bundles of berries and tiny pine cones to make miniature swags. For step-by-step directions, see DIY: Holiday Decor for Small Spaces.

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    With a little twist of willow, a sprig of festive greenery, some select blooms, and wire you can create a holiday wreath that will be the talking point of the party. All you need is a floral designer to give you some pointers. 

    Here's a roundup of upcoming holiday wreath-making workshops with our favorite florists, from LA to London (and cities in between):

    London

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    Above: Photograph via That Flower Shop.

    That Flower Shop: Hattie Fox's style has been called “feral”. With her deconstructed, artfully unruly arrangements made with local flowers she is not only a favorite of East London’s in crowd but also the preferred florist for London’s Ace hotel. 

    What: Wreath Making Class
    When: December 5
    Where: 263 Hoxton Street
    Price:  £50 (with snacks from Embassy East)
    Sign up: Email info@thatflowershop.co.uk 

    What: Wreath Making Class
    When: December 12
    Where: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street
    Price:  £25
    Sign up: Go to Ace Hotel

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    Above: Photograph by Columbia Creative.

    Columbia Creative: Spend an hour and half with Columbia Creative’s founder Jo Woodward as she helps you create a beautiful silver/green foliage wreath with white floral additions.  She will also host an additional workshop with festive reds on a willow based wreath.

    What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
    When: December 8
    Where: Boxpark, Shoreditch
    Price: £35 
    Sign up: Go to Columbia Creative 

    What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
    When: December 12 (10am, 2pm & 4pm)
    Where: Lift Islington
    Price: £45 
    Sign up: Go to Columbia Creative

    San Francisco

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    Above: Photograph via Lila B. Design.

    Lila B. Design: Baylor Chapman, florist and author of The Plant Recipe Book, loves to work with succulents, foraged blooms, and botanicals; she specializes in creative container gardens.

    What: Botanical Wreath Making
    When: December 5 
    Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Two sessions: 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm
    Price: $35 (member of the SF Botanical Garden); $45 (non-member);  $15 (child)
    Sign up: Go to Lila B. Design

    Farmgirl flowers SF holiday wreath workshop ; Gardenista

    Farmgirl Flowers: From a stall in the San Francisco Flower Market, Farmgirl Flowers delivers fresh, locally sourced bouquets. For the wreath workshop, "please enter the large warehouse next door with the sign that says 'flower.' "

    What: Wreath Making Workshop
    When: December 1 
    Where: 548 5th St., San Francisco
    Two sessions: 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm
    Price: $106.49
    Sign up: Go to Farmgirl Flowers

    Detroit

    Wreath Recipe Book Studio Choo ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via The Wreath Recipe Book

    Pot & Box: "We're working our way through the Studio Choo The Wreath Recipe Book for some non-traditional decor gorgeousness," says Pot & Box. Create a festive wreath with silvery juniper and with flowers from the Pot & Box cutting garden and local Michigan farms.

    What: Wreath or Swag Workshops on eight dates
    When: The month of December
    Where: Pot & Box, 2289 Poland Street and other locations
    Price: From $50 to $85 per workshop (all materials and snacks provided)
    Sign up: Go to Pot & Box

    Oakland

    Wreath making workshop Oakland California 2015 ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via FloraCultural Society.

    FloraCultural Society: Anna Campbell, founder, is a 20-year veteran of flowers who describes the FloralCultural Society as a farm, shop and learning lab based in Oakland, CA. 

    What: Mixed Green and Wreath Making class
    When: December 5
    Where: Neighbor’s Corner, 499 Douglass Street, San Francisco (Noe Valley)
    Price: $75 which covers all costs for making a mixed green or all of a kind wreath, no scissors or wire cutters needed. Light refreshments will be served
    Sign up: Go to FloraCultural Society 

    Los Angeles

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    Above: Photography via Lily Lodge.

    Lily Lodge: Less of a wreath-making workshop and more of a wreath-making party. Ariana Lambert Smeraldo will be on hand to help you style your wreath using unusual materials like vintage ribbon and organic house dried goods.  

    What: Wreath Party
    When: December 9 (drop in any time from 4 to 8 pm and Ariana and her team of designers will help you customize a wreath)
    Where: 644 N. Robertson Blvd., LA.
    Price: From $75

    New York

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    Above: Photo via Denise Fasanello.

    Denise Fasanello: Spend an afternoon wreath-making with Denise Fasanello. Her arrangements show her fascination with the connection of the artist’s eye and the natural world, art history, textiles and the decorative arts.  

    What: Winter Wreath Making Workshop
    When: December 12
    Where: Denise’s Studio, 203 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
    Price:$100  (includes all supplies plus a Catrinka tote )
    Sign up: Go to Denise Fasanello

    Chicago

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    Sprout Home: Owner Tara Heibel pairs modern design with just the right amount of wild using her signature decahedron ceramic pots and bouquets of unusual blooms.

    What: Winter Wreathmaking
    When: December 9
    Where: 745 N. Damen Ave, Chicago
    Price: $125, includes all materials
    Sign up: Go to Sprout Home 

    Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

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    Terrain: Not all wreaths are destined to hang on your front door. Terrain’s garden chandelier hook makes it easy to create a stunning suspended display that can be used for the center of your dining table, or hall.

    What: Garden Chandelier Workshop
    When: December  6
    Where:  Terrain, Glen Mills, PA
    Price: $50 (includes garden chandelier hook, select materials and instruction)
    Sign up: Go to Terrain

    Richmond, Virginia

    eothen holiday wreath workshop richmond virginia ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Eothen

    Eothen: Katie Chirgotis, formerly of Studio Choo, has recently founded Eothen; a new design house working with clients who may call themselves naturalists or purists. While she’s ‘home for the holidays’ she’s offering a wreath making workshop for those lucky folks in Richmond, Virginia. 

    What: Prism Wreath Workshop
    When: December 3
    Where: Black Iris Music Gallery
    Price: $225 
    Sign up: Go to Eothen

    Edinburgh

    Pyrus UK florist leaves ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph via Pyrus.

    Pyrus: Inspired by everything from the living landscape, taxidermy, and bees to Victorian walled gardens and glasshouses. Art-school duo Natalya Ayers and Fiona Inglis are passionate about locally sourced flowers and avoiding all things ‘fake’. 

    What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
    When December 13
    Where: Century General Store, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh
    Price:  £48
    Sign up: Go to Pyrus

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    Set your table at the Remodelista Holiday Markets coming to LA and SF in December. Here's a preview of favorite designs, all fresh from small design studios in California.

    Here are the market details:

    • Los Angeles—Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6: The Remodelista Market will be in residence at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place near Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    • San Francisco—Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13: The Remodelista Market will be in the factory space at Heath Ceramics at 2900 18th St. in the Mission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Above: "A non-disposable life" is the motto at Mollie DeVries's Ambatalia, a studio and shop located in a shipping container in Mill Valley. Black Fringe Linen Napkins are $84 for a set of four. Read our Q&A with Mollie in Shopper's Diary: Mill Valley's Queen of Green.

     

    Above: Studio Patro aprons are a Remodelista uniform (look for us: we'll be wearing them at the markets). Its linens are all designed, printed, and sewn in California. Shown here, the Everyday Stripe multipurpose tea towel, $24. 

    Above: To get the meal to the table: The Àplat Tote, made in SF of organic cotton canvas, $46, is designed for carrying tarts, pies, and food dishes while keeping them upright and presentable.

    Above: Tricia Rose's Rough Linen designs are another Remodelista staple. Her Orkney Tablecloth comes in five colors and two sizes, starting at $130. (Check out Rough Linen's bedspread in Philip Johnson's Glass House in 14 Lessons in Minimalism and, on Gardenista, read Tricia's 7 Secrets to Make a Perfect Bed.)

    Above: LA home decor company Local & Lejos works with artisan communities in Guatemala, Mexico, India, and Rwanda. Block printers in Jaipur make this Lari Tea Towel Set; $28 for two. 

    Above: Best known for its organic cotton bedding, Coyuchi also offers napkins, table runners, and tablecloths. Simple Linen Napkins in natural and white are $48 for four.

    Above: Cotton & Flax is a line of handmade textiles by printmaker Erin Dollar, all cut, silkscreened, and sewn in LA. The collection includes patterned Cocktail Napkins, $28 for two; merino wool Coasters, $26 for four; and merino Trivets, $32.

    Above: Edie Kahula Pereira of Specialty Dry Goods works with leather, denim, linen, and scrap materials to create her limited edition, hand-stitched satchels, pilllows, and potholders. Shown here, her Unfinished Edge Placemat of 14-ounce American bull denim with dash or dot patterns sewn on both sides; $48.

    Above: Heather Taylor Home is LA textile designer and art consultant Heather Taylor's two-year-old label. Her tabletop designs, including her Soho Tablecloth, $186, are handwoven in Chiapas, Mexico. Soho Napkins are four for $79.

    Above: "Italian table linens designed in Los Angeles by an Englishman," is the tagline of Tim Gledhill's Huddleson Linens. Gledhill offers a large repertoire of solid and patterned tablecloths, and custom sizes are a speciality. Shown here: his Petrol Green Rectangular Tablecloth, from $245; Linen Napkins, $22 each; and Cotton Plaid Napkins, $9.50 each.

    To see more previews from our forthcoming Remodelista Holiday Markets in LA and SF, check out Coming to California and The Potters.

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    Does your spouse need one more trowel? Does your city-dwelling friend even have a plot to tend? Who knows. This holiday season give a book instead, to gardeners and garden lovers alike. Here, we've compiled a list of eight—all published this year—that caught our attention and earned rave reviews:

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    Above: The first book we'll buy for friends is Dutch master Piet Oudolf's latest, Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life. It tells the story of Oudolf's humble start as a designer in a desolate farmhouse with his wife, two young sons, no garden, and little money. Learn how he managed to turn the farmland into one of the most influential gardens of our time; $32.25 at Amazon. 

    World of Moss Gardening Book ; Gardenista

    Above: In The Magical World of Moss Gardening, author Annie Martin extols the virtues of moss: it's deer-resistant, grows in all climates, and prevents erosion and runoff. The Financial Times chose this as one of its three favorite garden books of the year, writing that Martin's "survey of moss gardens from Japan to North America should convert even diehard moss-militants." It is $34.95 for hardcover, $18.84 for paperback at Amazon. 

    Indoor Green Living book cover ; Gardenista

    Above: Bree Claffey of Mr. Kitly—a shop, gallery, and architecture studio in Brunswick, Australia—published Indoor Green: Living with Plants in October of this year. Full of inspiration and not overly styled, the book is widely available in Australia and New Zealand but not yet distributed in the US; contact Mr. Kitly for an international shipping quote. It is AU $49.99 from Mr. Kitly. 

    Phytomedicines ; Gardenista

    Above: To those interested in the ways plants can heal (and harm), give Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs, and Poisons. (See our Required Reading review.) Published by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and edited by two university professors, the book makes for a handy reference guide, and—thanks to a stylish cover—a nice coffee table book; $30.79 on Amazon. 

    RHS Lessons from Great Gardeners ; Gardenista

    Above: Learn from the best with the Royal Horticultural Society's Lessons from Great Gardeners, a compendium of wit and wisdom from 40 of history's best gardeners, from Claude Monet to Beth Chatto; £9.59 from Amazon UK. (You can buy it from an independent Amazon Seller in the US.)

    Above: The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer takes inspiration from one of the most celebrated gardens in America—Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Here, find lessons on landscaping, rare plant picks, and the garden in four seasons; $23.34 on Amazon. 

    A Buzz in the Meadow garden book ; Gardenista

    Above: To lovers of gardens and stories, give A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm—conservationist Dave Goulson's tales of the creatures that inhabit the 33 acres of meadowland on his farm in France; $15.68 in hardcover and $16 in paperback on Amazon.

    The Reason for Flowers garden book ; Gardenista

    Above: Another pick for folks who take their science in story form: The Reason for Flowers. Entomologist Stephen Buchmann reminds the reader of everything that flowers give us, from medicine and perfume to joy and inspiration. But humans are not giving back, he argues; as we breed flowers that serve our whims, we reduce nectar and pollen available for bees, butterflies, and bats; $17.33 in hardcover, $13.09 in paperback on Amazon. 

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    Our UK correspondent Kendra Wilson has a collector's eye for gardens. Crisscrossing the country with camera in hand, she visits English gardens both grand and intimate. Her favorites list is eclectic and includes both world-famous and under-the-radar locations. What they all have in common is that they're worth a visit. 

    Join us for a grand tour of nine must-see English gardens:

    Sissinghurst

    Sissinghurst, Jonathan Buckley photo. Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Jonathan Buckley.

    Why: One of the most famous gardens in the world, it was semi-derilect when Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West purchased it, castle tower included, in 1930. "Fortunately, that was just what the romantic Vita Sackville-West was looking for," says Kendra.

    Insider's Tip: Before you go, read Vita Sackville West's Sissinghurst: The Creation of a Garden written by garden designer Sarah Raven (who also happens to be Sackville-West's granddaughter-in-law.

    When: The busiest month is May; the famous Rose and White Gardens are at their peaks in June, and in winter you can take a trail walk (without the deciduous leaves, the garden's structure is front and center).

    Where: Biddenden Rd, Cranbrook, Kent; approximately an hour and a half's drive southeast of London.

    Admission: £11.70 per adult; half price in winter.

    More Reading: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Sissinghurst Castle.

    Scampston Hall

    Scrampston Hall Piet Oudolf garden Yorkshire England UK ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Alexandre Bailhache.

    Why: Built in the 17th century, Scampston Hall has an enormous walled garden built that dates to the 18th—and was transformed in the 21st into a remarkable, modern landscape with drifts of perennials, grasses, and hazy expanses of color

    Insider's Tip: Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf designed the walled garden, and it remains his largest private commission in the UK. "This was pre-Chelsea-Best-in-Show-Oudolf," says Kendra. "His work at Scampston crystallizes his ideas from the years before international acclaim."

    When: Open from late March through October, the garden is colorful and vibrant well into autumn.

    Where: Sited five miles from Malton, a market town in North Yorkshire, Scampston Hall is a little more than a four-hours' drive north from London.

    Admission: £9.50 per adult (includes admission to both the walled garden and the grounds).

    More Reading: See Garden Visit: Dutch Master Piet Oudolf in Yorkshire.

    Chatsworth House

    Chatsworth house gardens landscape ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Why: The family home of the Cavendishes since the 16th century, Chatsworth is the quintessential English country house. Situated on 105 acres of garden and park that have been tinkered with and improved upon for nearly five centuries, "the gardens at Chatsworth were built as pleasure gardens; the marvel of the place taking precedence over individual flower beds," says Kendra.

    Insider's Tip: In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen is thought to have used Chatsworth as the moderl for Mr. Darcy's fictional Pemberley, of which Elizabeth Bennett was enamored at first sight: "She had never seen a place where nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste."

    When: Chatsworth is open every day (except during Christmas week) and attracts crowds, having earned the designation of "England's favorite country house." Early spring (April) and late autumn (October) are seasons with fewer crowds.

    Where: Located in Bakewell, Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is 3 hours and 10 minutes north of London (by car).

    Admission: £20.00 per adult (includes garden and house)

    More Reading: A Dowager Duchess's Glorious Masterpiece.

    Easton Walled Gardens

    White Space Garden at Easton Walled Garden. Photo Jim Powell, Gardenista

    Above: The swirl of the White Space Garden "explores ideas of the universe and our place within it," says Kendra. Photograph by Jim Powell.

    Why: After Easton Hall was razed in the mid 1950s, the gardens were neglected—until 12 years ago when Fred and Ursula Cholmeley began reviving them. Today, "ambitious and decadent gardens thrive around a ruined house," says Kendra.

    Insider's Tip: "The stables, gatehouse, and a few remaining outbuildings offer a tantalizing hint of what the (originally Elizabethan) house had to offer," says Kendra. "These buildings were only saved because the machine with the wrecking ball ran out of gas."

    When: Snowdrop season (from February 13 to 21 in 2016) is a high point, with Easton's grounds covered in a white flowering carpet. Otherwise, the walled gardens are open to the public from March through October.

    Where: In Grantham, Lincolnshire, nearly three hours north of London by car.

    Admission: £6.95 per adult.

    More Reading: See Lady Cholmeley's Modern White Landscape.

    Anglesey Abbey

    Anglesey Abbey UK Tibetan cherry tree ; Gardenista

    Above: A Tibetan cherry tree stands guard over a path. Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Why: Nearly 100 acres of grounds landscaped with flowers, unusual shrubs, topiaries, and statues. Spectacular rose and dahlia gardens attract enthusiasts at the height of the season. 

    Insider's Tip: The Winter Garden, stripped of  its leaves and flowers, is proof that year-round gardening requires "more imagination than effort," Kendra says. She says a wintertime visit is the best way to appreciate the orange branches of Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Orange' against the "ghost bramble" Rubus cockburnianus.

    When: In winter months, the house is closed but the colorful stems and structure of the Winter Garden are at their best. Plus, no crowds.

    Where: In Lode near Cambridge, two hours north of London by car or train.

    Admission: £11.60 per adult.

    More Reading: See Garden Visit: The Glow of Anglesey Abbey.

    The Manor, Hemingford Grey

    Hemingford-manor UK garden travel; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Jim Powell.

    Why: England's oldest continuously inhabited house, the 12-century manor (largely intact) is surrounded by both a moat and a modern garden "laid out in semi-formal beds at the front and side of the house, and planted in a relaxed cottage style," says Kendra.

    Insider's Tip: Novelist Lucy Boston, who lived in the manor for more than 50 years until her death in 1990, designed the gardens (and immortalized them  in her Green Knowe children's book series, illustrated by her son). "Old roses abound, and running parallel to the moat at the front are ranks of irises, interplanted with Verbena bonariensis and veronicastrum," Kendra says.

    When: Open until dusk year-round, the garden is in a relaxed, blowsy state in early autumn with floppy perennials still in full flower.

    Where: In the village of Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, two hours north of London by car.

    Admission: £4 per adult (garden only; when the house is open seasonally,  may be toured in conjunction with the garden for £7 per adult).

    More Reading: Garden Visit: Lucy Boston's Storybook English Home.

    Sezincote

    Sezincote English garden travel tour UK Gloucestershire ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Why: "Facing squarely to the east, Sezincote is like a fabulous dream," says Kendra. Looking as if it had been airlifted from India, the early 19th century neo-Mughal manor house has gardens designed by Humphry Repton (the self-taught successor to Capability Brown).

    Insider's Tip: "The house was billeted by the army during the Second World War and was sold in a sorry state in 1944. The new owners, Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, remade the South Garden (Above) as a Persian Paradise Garden," says Kendra. "This style, in which crossing canals symbolize the meeting of humanity and God, is famously seen at the Taj Mahal in India, a leftover from the Mogul dynasty."

    When: Open from January through November from 2 to 6 pm on Thursdays and Fridays (and bank holiday Mondays), the landscape is particularly lovely in summer when the wildflower meadow is in bloom.

    Where: In Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, about two hours from London by car or train.

    Admission: £5 per adult (gardens only or  £10 to also tour the house when it is open seasonally).

    More Reading: See Garden Visit: Sezincote in Gloucestershire.

    Coton Manor

    The Potting Shed, Coton Manor. Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Why: A 10-acre garden surrounding a 17th century manor house is landscaped on different levels, with "a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds." 

    Insider's Tip: "The garden is open to the public for the annual viewing of snowdrops and hellebores (as well as aconites) for two weeks in late February and early March," says Kendra. "The relentless rain is of some concern however (not to the plants but to the paths), so it would be best to check before planning a visit."

    When: The garden is open seasonally, from late March through the end of September (closed on Sundays and Mondays). 

    Where: In Coton near Northampton, an hour and 45 minutes' drive northwest from London.

    Admission: £7 per adult.

    More Reading: See A Peak Inside the Potting Shed at Coton Manor.

    Rousham

    Rousham garden UK England ; Gardenista

    Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

    Why: The house, built in the 17th century, has been owned only by one family. "Peacocks roam freely at Rousham, in Oxfordshire. It is a mini republic with its cottages, farm, and church, still lived in by the family who built it almost 400 years ago," says Kendra.

    Insider's Tip: "The intensely individual atmosphere of the garden has made it a favorite with garden designers such as Arne Maynard, for whom it is a touchstone for inspiration," says Kendra.

    When: Open every day of the year (the garden closes at dusk and the last admission is at 4:30 pm)

    Where: About 12 miles from Oxford, it's an hour and a half's drive northwest from London.

    Admission: £5.

    More Reading: See An Insider's Favorite: The Bliss of Visiting Rousham in the Cotswolds.

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