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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Instant privacy is the greatest luxury we can imagine in a world where Facebook sells us out to advertisers, hackers know our credit scores, and our eavesdropping Amazon Alexa lets out creepy, maniacal laughs at dinner parties. Luckily it’s still easy to create privacy in the garden—without spending a lot of money or time. You […]

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    Trade you my Tillandsia pup for your green zebra tomato seedlings? Call it the new sharing economy: Plant swaps are coming to a neighborhood to you. Plant lovers have always shared the bounty over the backyard fence or at local garden clubs. But these days an upstart generation of houseplant lovers on Instagram is fostering a […]

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    A fountain is a celebration. Thousands of years ago, the landscape feature was proof of a successful water delivery system. Water ran downhill into town—if a town was lucky—and there in a central square was a fountain, a burbling public service to announce the arrival of fresh water. In architecture these days a fountain often is considered as a “decorative” […]

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    Western Sword Fern, Polystichum munitum Western sword fern is the sort of classic fern you are most likely to spot on a shady wooded trail, showing off its root muscles as it clings to rocky slopes or displaying its pack mentality as it nestles in a plant posse under stately redwoods. But keep in mind […]

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    If you’ve not already heard of Jean-Martin Fortier, allow us to introduce you to a rising star, the Canadian organic farmer whose notion of human-scaled, “six-figure farming” is shaking up the fields. Fortier is a busy man: He’s the founder, with wife Maude-Helène Desroches, of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a 10-acre micro-farm in eastern Quebec where […]

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    Of all the ideas I file away for my someday-house (black-painted floors, a garden above a rocky beach in Maine), I never thought that teules pintades—painted roof tiles from the Medieval era on the Spanish island of Mallorca—would make the list. But after writing last week on Remodelista about Ca’n Rei, a 17th-century Mallorcan house on […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors found eco-friendly design solutions: reuse, reclaim, recycle. Here are five of their favorite ideas, from non-disposable drinking straws to non-toxic limewash paints. Shiplap Siding Annie rounded up 15 Favorite Uses of Shiplap from the Remodelista Archives. Rainforest Rattan See more of their home furnishings with a high level of social and […]

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    We think of the spring greens of spurge as heralds of a new season, but there are many evergreen varieties that have been keeping the show on the road all winter as well. While not all spurges are reliably hardy, they are reliably self-seeding, so a victim of frost is replaced by a selection of […]

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    Among the things that piqued our interest this week? Upcoming plant swaps, a Georgia O’Keeffe–inspired Instagram series, and tips for a bountiful kitchen garden. Read on. Join Remodelista on Wednesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. EDT for a live tour of architect Jess Thomas’s “sentimental minimalism” brownstone, and a Q&A with Thomas and partner Andrea […]

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    Seed bombs are the main weapon guerrilla gardeners can use to spread flowers in bare spots, creating pockets of beauty and habitats for pollinators. Gardening without permission is another way of describing these activities: not strictly legal but filed away by the authorities under the category of “What’s not to like.” Alex Mitchell in her […]

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    Wondering where to begin when it comes to paths and pavers? If you’re choosing materials or designing a path or walkway, start with our Paths and Pavers Design Guide: We’ve explored the pros and cons of using materials such as bluestone, limestone, brick, decomposed granite, concrete, and gravel. Maybe curb appeal is your greatest concern. […]

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    How does a French family dine outdoors? In style, of course, with a certain insouciant mix of high-low: outdoor furnishings that look just as good indoors during winter months. To create a similar elegantly relaxed backdrop for outdoor meals, look for flea market finds that can hold their own next to classic European designs. Leverage your landscape—site […]

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    With warm weather approaching, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining: here’s a roundup of the essentials our editors keep on hand to make outdoor dining and entertaining easy: Indestructible Glasses Linen Tablecloth Bistro-Style Flatware Bistro-Style Wine Glasses Hardwood Bowls Glass Carafes Wooden Trays Hurricane Lanterns Water Pitchers String Lights See more ideas to create a […]

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    How to make living with plants extra-easy for urbanities? In an already overgrown industry, Justin Mast saw a new way in: fast, affordable delivery of mature potted specimens in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large. Mast is a fifth-generation plantsman: on his father’s side, his Rotterdam-born grandparents worked in greenhouses, and his mother comes […]

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  • 04/16/18--04:00: Gardening 101: Fothergilla
  • The effusive spring froth of fothergilla flowers brightens shady green garden corners and sparkles when planted to catch the backlighting of morning or afternoon sunlight. Long after the flowers are gone, these multi-interest North American shrubs end the season in a blaze of sunset-orange foliage. Read on to learn how and where to grow these […]

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  • 04/17/18--01:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Tomato Cages
  • Think of tomato cages as scaffolding: You need a support system to keep vines from sagging (or snapping off) under the weight of heavy fruit. Match the right size cage (or trellis, obelisk, or tepee) to the kind of tomatoes you’re growing. Cherry tomatoes can grow in containers against a flat trellis. Large beefsteak varieties […]

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  • 04/17/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Butterburs
  • Butterbur, Petasites japonicus: “Waterside Posy” Petasites japonicus is a decorative waterside plant that dies down in winter, reemerging as cabbage-like posies that are ready to go when everything else is just waking up. As a ground cover it is certainly effective by summertime, when 4-foot leaves form an impenetrable thicket. Happiest when they have wet feet, […]

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    Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their perfumes soothe humans. The first step in your plan to thwart mosquitoes? Grow plants such as lavender, basil, mint, scented geraniums, and marigolds. But unless you’re planning to plop your chair down in the […]

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    Treat yourself to a time out in a hanging chair. Here’s a roundup of our rattan-inspired favorites. Take note that natural rattan is best when it’s kept in a dry location—perfect for hanging on a covered porch or indoors from a ceiling beam (bring that summer swing feeling inside). Want to hang a chair from a […]

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    Here in the northeast as we desperately await winter’s last gasp, I’ve taken solace in the invented, season-less worlds of Steffen Dam. Working entirely in glass, the Danish artist builds natural specimens that allude to the images he pored over in his paternal grandfather’s natural history books and insect collections. But Dam’s creations are entirely […]

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