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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    When I was 16, my very first job involved placing tiny stems of flowers in bud vases and I took it very seriously, carefully deciding which direction each stem was going to lean. It seems almost too easy, but to this day I’m convinced that there is a real art in the placement of a […]

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    Everything you need to know about lavender is a lot. Remember the Encyclopedia Britannica? The final hardcover edition—with 32 alphabetized volumes and 32,640 pages of cold, hard facts—was about the amount of space it would take to cover all aspects of the endlessly fascinating and fragrant flowers that belong to the lavender family. At Gardenista […]

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    In the midst of foreboding international news, Brits are currently lapping up every frothy detail of the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and his American bride-to-be, Meghan Markle. The latest is the couple’s choice of wedding florist. Last weekend Philippa Craddock was chosen for one of the most important jobs for the May 19 royal […]

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    Welcome to Key West, where a 4-foot-high white picket fence is part of the everyday landscape. By law.”In Old  Town, our historic architectural review commission has jurisdiction and you have to do the white picket fence unless they say you can do something else,” says Florida-based landscape architect Craig Reynolds. And why would they? But […]

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  • 04/05/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Blueberries
  • Blueberry, Vaccinium spp.: “Ornamental Superfood” Blueberries were the first fruit I grew in my first Brooklyn garden on a tiny fifth-floor terrace in Brooklyn. I expected a lot from my collection of potted plants, which were squeezed into just 66 square feet of space (along with a table and chairs, and a barbecue). Each had to […]

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    In the Belgian town of Tielrode, two artists transformed an inherited property, a former inn and café, into a nature retreat called Good Repose. A major part of the renovation was the south-facing courtyard and its semi-covered terrace structure. In quintessential Belgian fashion, the owners landscaped the courtyard with gravel, whitewashed and plastered the brick […]

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    Anything you buy for your home should be well made and useful as well as beautiful—that’s a Remodelista mantra. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend more than you can afford on pricey items. See five of the Remodelista editors’ favorite stylish alternatives to expensive interior design: High/Low Marble Hacks “Lately one high/low hack […]

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    In recent years, Scandinavian countries have been lauded as leaders in design. Among admirers of a minimalist design aesthetic, Scandinavian fashion, graphic, and interior design have been praised for their approach to daily life. But have you noticed gardens are missing from the mix? Six years ago, I met landscape designer Annika Zetterman for a cup […]

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    Among the things on our radar as we head into Sustainable Design week? A hotly anticipated plant fair (the premiere plant event in Brooklyn this spring). Plus, Michelle’s take on the kitchen design element we should live without. Take a look. Is the kitchen island ruining American kitchens? Michelle weighs in in her new WSJ column. […]

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    If the world of gardening has rock stars, Piet Oudolf qualifies as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Prince rolled into one. The Dutch landscape designer—whose work is instantly recognizable for its dreamy romanticism and oft-copied for its emphasis on sustainable, sensible plantings—makes it look so easy. But is it? We’ve dog-eared Oudolf’s books. Hummelo and Planting: […]

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    Metal landscape edging is the little black dress of a garden: elegant, strong yet understated, tailored and timeless. A long-time design secret of professional landscapers, metal has edged its way into the amateur home garden to offer a clean-cut and practical solution to keep plants and materials in place. Is metal landscape edging right for […]

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  • 04/08/18--01:00: Plant of the Week: Wisteria
  • The charms of wisteria are almost impossible to resist. Lounging languorously over a fence or pergola, the perennial flowering vine will beckon to you with her heady perfume. Before you know it, her nodding, pendulous blooms have hypnotized you. Soon you are rushing to the nearest garden center, determined to own her, but be warned. […]

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    Landscaping ideas for sustainable gardens are in the forefront of designers’ minds—and concern about climate change has us all looking for ways we can help. Here is our guide to 16 eco-friendly ways to make a difference: Permeable Surfaces One of the most eco-friendly things a garden can do is decrease rainwater runoff. Consider a permeable surface if you’re […]

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    After we posted a story about some of our favorite wooden window boxes, a reader named Chris asked us to suggest some metal window boxes, as well: “It’s hard to find simple, attractive ones; they all seem to have curlicues and dragonflies and whatnot.”  For you, Chris, here are ten metal options for windowsills or […]

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    New England gardeners who look for native species enjoy the happy support of the New England Wild Flower Society, an organization dedicated to the study, preservation, and propagation of the region’s wild flora. Each spring I look forward to finding new inspiration at the society’s wilderness showcase, Garden in the Woods, where I also can […]

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    The city beach in Auckland is one of New Zealand’s busiest. To minimize the impact of heavy foot traffic to a new restaurant at the historic Melanesian Mission building, Herbst Architects and Katie Lockhart relied on the surrounding landscape. Katie enlisted her brother Jared Lockhart, the landscape designer and co-owner of Garden Objects in Auckland, to build out […]

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  • 04/10/18--01:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Rain Barrels
  • Rain barrels may not be the most glamorous of garden tools but with water shortages on the rise, they have quickly become a crucial component of the smart, sustainable garden. After you set up a system, it does the work for you (just attach a hose to irrigate your plants). If you’re starting from scratch, […]

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    Bergenias labor under the unflattering name of elephant’s ears but deserve better—they are a great perennial plant to fill awkward spaces or end a border. Typically tolerated as tough ground cover plants, some small bergenias we recently noticed in Essex have much in common with young shoots of beetroot, burnished dark red in the cold. […]

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    A rattan bar cart is an excellent investment in the sense that you can keep it outdoors for seasonal celebrations and roll it indoors in inclement weather. Plus, its retro-tropical silhouette is guaranteed to promote the use of colored cocktail parasols, hollow pineapples, and vintage “Welcome to Paradise” shot glasses. Here are 10 of our favorite […]

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    Worm London is a floristry studio that is run out of a tiny basement in Stoke Newington, East London. The business began two years ago when friends Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler decided it was time to work for themselves at something they love. They started delivering bunches and books around London. Now, their distinctive […]

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