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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Wood is your friend—a welcoming, forgiving surface that instantly warms up a room. This week the Remodelista editors rekindled their romance with larch, walnut, and reclaimed barn siding (stay tuned for upcoming photos of Justine’s newly refinished floors). Here are five of our editors’ favorite ways to use wood to warm a room: Home Spas […]

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    When laying a path with pavers, you have a choice to fill the gaps with grout, ground cover plants, or filler stones such as gravel or decomposed granite. As a garden designer, I often advocate filler stones, which are permeable (and prevent rainwater runoff) as well as a design element to create a coherent look for […]

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    On our radar this weekend: Mother’s Day pop-ups and the return of the geranium. Plus, look no further for all your plant swap needs: Announcing our new Plant Swap Calendar, where we’ll list a selection of plant swaps going on around the country each week. (Have a plant swap to share? Let us know in […]

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    Outdoor showers are what I look forward to most during our annual summer excursion to the North Carolina shore. More than swimming in the warm ocean, curling up with a book under the umbrella with my toes in the sand, or attacking a pile of peel-and-eat shrimp, it’s the ritual of showering in the open air that […]

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    You don’t need us to tell you that the very best thing to do in May is to pull a comfortable chair into the garden and settle into it. But after you sit there for awhile, you may want to get more involved in your garden’s life. Here are 10 ideas for things to do […]

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    Great Britain was awash with patriotic fervor last year as our queen celebrated her 90th birthday. But there was another national treasure celebrating the same milestone—and just like the queen, David Austin, rose breeder extraordinaire, still went to work every day at his Shropshire HQ, continuing his lifetime’s quest to create the perfect rose. We […]

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    My introduction to Appalachia came when my young, adventurous mom and dad decided to pull up roots and leave New Jersey to pursue a different life in the south, riding an optimistic wave of post–World War II prosperity and relatively new automobile-enabled mobility. They surely shocked their more homebound relatives. I was three when we […]

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    Have you ever sat down on a deck surrounded by beautiful scenery, hoping to take in the sights, only to discover that a chunky railing is obstructing your view? So have we. Enter sleek, stainless steel CableRail from Feeney. The company was founded in 1948 as a rigging manufacturer and now uses its marine-grade stainless steel cables in […]

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    Cottage gardeners were only mildly perturbed when the easygoing, arching spring beauty Dicentra spectabilis had its name changed to Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Its common name, bleeding heart, was still functional. Of course, “bleeding heart” is also used for the plants that retained the name Dicentra—the diminutive, ground-covering Dicentra formosa. Which are not to be confused with Dutchman’s breeches […]

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    For a year now we’ve been tracking Brooklyn-based architect Roberto Sosa around the far reaches of the US, from the Hudson Valley to the wild northern coast of Maui, where he’s designed gardens for his remodeled Hawaiian beach cottages and rambling country farms. A few days ago he alerted us to his latest project, in […]

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    Pavers have their own language: they can be porous, permeable, or pervious. All three types are designed with sustainability in mind, to filter rainwater and prevent runoff. So what’s the difference? Permeable pavers typically have solid concrete surfaces and are meant to be laid with wide spaces between them on a bed of gravel or […]

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    My first sojourn to Garden in the Woods was enough to convert me. (See Walk on the Wild Side: A New England Woodland Garden.) Ever since that visit to the New England Wild Flower Society‘s native showcase, I have become a huge devotee of native plants. Which is why I recently found myself on a pilgrimage, driving […]

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    Joni Mitchell wasn’t kidding when she said you could wreck paradise with a parking lot. You can damage it with a driveway, too, especially the typical asphalt or concrete ones. Or you can keep the pavement out of your little piece of paradise by opting for a driveway made of grass block pavers. Are grass […]

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    It is no longer possible to order a simple gin and tonic in a country pub in Northamptonshire, England. Instead, the bartender demands more detail; there are decisions to be made. Are you looking for a sloe gin with lemon tonic water, or perhaps a pink gin that is 34 percent rhubarb? In the UK, […]

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    Congratulations, orchid lover! You’re one of an elite few who have managed to find the right balance of water, sunlight, date nights, and long walks on the beach to have a healthy relationship with your orchid. Not only is your orchid living, it’s thriving—and has outgrown the plastic pot in which you carried it home […]

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    Here’s what we know so far about the royal wedding cake that Claire Ptak, California native and proprietor of Violet Cakes in London, is baking to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday. The flavor will be lemon elderflower. The batter will include Ptak’s signature fruit, lemons imported from Italy (“They are large […]

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    The iconic midcentury modern cylinder planter is having a moment. The originals, introduced in the 1950s by LA-based Architectural Pottery, have spawned a new generation of graceful, simple silhouettes. Vintage cylinder planters are prized among collectors (a  from Architectural Pottery is $2,600 on 1st Dibs). But vintage doesn’t fit everybody’s budget. We’ve rounded up 10 well-priced […]

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    In the topiary world Jake Hobson is a bit of a rock star. The Dorset-based topiarist originally studied at the Slade—London’s premier art school—before a trip to Japan in 1997 that set him on a greener path. Intrigued by the fanatical approach to pruning in Japan, he returned for two years and worked at a […]

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    Hot on the heels of tomorrow’s royal wedding, the Chelsea Flower Show should see British bonhomie soaring, especially if the weather holds. Television coverage starts on Sunday on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship channel; prepare to see a nation besotted by gardens. A week-long commentary on flowers, Chelsea is a cheerful thing to have on […]

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    Meghan Markle’s bridal bouquet likely will include an unassuming white myrtle flower clipped from a shrub which has been a member of the royal family since Queen Victoria’s reign. At British royal weddings this steely little plant has its moment, as it’s been carried in bridal bouquets ever since Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter included a […]

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