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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    A Chelsea Flower Show garden can be a way of raising awareness for a cause, it can be a living-and-breathing designer resumé, or it can help to sell product. In which case, it had better have a lot of charm, offering horticultural appeal as well as something less tangible to win over the unsuspecting. Seedlip Drinks has […]

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    What we’re up to and admiring this weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer. (Plus: the last days to enter our giveaway, and the launch of the 2018 Considered Design Awards.) Here’s your weekend reading. Get your submissions ready: The Gardenista Considered Design Awards launch next Friday, June 1, and are open to amateurs, professionals, homeowners, renters, […]

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    Behind a little row of thatched church cottages in the picture-postcard village of Corfe, Somerset lies Grace Alexander’s magical flower garden. The florist turned seed grower has transformed a third of an acre field behind her pretty cottage garden into a bucolic space where she can grow the flowers she loves and then collect their […]

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    Spanish gardening owes its traditions to centuries of invaders: Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Habsburgs (who infiltrated by marriage). Along with their armies, they brought their ideas for how to cope with the strong midday sun of a semi-arid Mediterranean climate and for making the most of a year-round growing season. Classic elements work well in modern gardens. […]

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    Foxgloves behave like a bad boyfriend. Owing to their biennial nature and a tendency to self-sow freely, foxgloves usually don’t show up when or where you expect them. After they’ve trained you not to rely on them, suddenly you find them standing by the front door, turning on the charm. But there are ways to make foxgloves do what you want. […]

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    Something about going to the beach makes me instantly hungry. Is it the fresh air, the sunshine–or the knowledge that out on the sand I don’t have immediate access to my refrigerator? For years I have been looking for the perfect take-along lunch to pack. Must be: delicious, easy to eat, and something that doesn’t […]

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    Why eat indoors for the next three months? Pack up lunch or dinner in a picnic basket. Here are 10 favorite picnic baskets, many with plates, glasses, and cutlery included. No excuses for staying indoors. To kick off the start of picnic season, see ideas for summer entertainment: 10 Easy Pieces: Picnic-Style Dining Tables Recipe: […]

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    Everybody knows a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable, but do we know why? Horticulturally speaking, the answer is simple. True fruits develop from the ovary in the base of a flower and contain the plant’s seeds. This applies to the tomato—as well as to the avocado, squash, pepper, cucumber, eggplant, and even the olive. […]

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    Sometimes you get the most pleasure from a practical object which has been elevated to art form. Here are our 10 favorite garden hose hangers: useful hooks and hardworking wall-mount holders, at prices from high to low: Above: A brass garden hose is €76 from Germany-based Replicata. Above: A rustproof  will hold up to 100 feet […]

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  • 05/29/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Sweetfern
  • Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina When most of us think of scent in the garden, we think of perfumed flowers. And flowers are wonderful (if short-lived). But what about aromatic foliage? Choosing a shrub with fragrant leaves gives us a source of herbal pleasure that last many months longer than the ephemeral seasonal scent of flowers.  Sweetfern […]

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    Anyone with a well-tended garden knows the endless hours that can be eaten up by chores. And there’s no finish line in sight—cultivated ground comes with a year-long schedule of planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, cutting back, and composting (with a lot more jobs on top if you also grow your own plants from seed or […]

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    Call it the Swiss Army knife of the garden. With sturdy beechwood handles, a  also has a knife blade, can opener, screwdriver, wrench, saw blade, ruler, file, and yes—bottle opener. Keep your pruners and other garden tools in good working order with our tips at DIY: How to Clean and Care for Garden Pruners. See more […]

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  • 05/30/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Clematis
  • Clematis: “The Queen of Vines” People who love flowers pretty much agree on their adoration of the exuberant blooms of the clematis vine. What they (and seemingly everyone else in the world) definitely do not agree on is how to pronounce the name of this plant.  I can attest that here in Brooklyn there is great […]

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    The Italian lakes were a popular tourist destination as far back as Roman times when the area gained a reputation as a peaceful, rejuvenating spot with a temperate climate, stunning landscape, and calming lakes. An entire millennium later we still go there for the same things —except now there are staggeringly beautiful villas too, many […]

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    Gravel doesn’t sound like a glamorous hardscaping material. It’s cheap, ubiquitous, and really, well, gravelly. But take a closer look, and you’ll realize that the seemingly mundane material is a superhero. It’s a maintenance-free ground cover. It allows water to drain back into the soil. And it acts as a natural French drain (because properly […]

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    Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum: “Shady Savior” As a garden designer, I am often asked to recommend plants that are foolproof, black-thumb proof, and low-maintenance. As well as beautiful, of course! A constructive conversation about real-life plant care usually follows. But if the garden under discussion happens to enjoy shade (often seen as a curse), there is […]

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    Calling all gardeners, professionals, and amateurs: We’re now accepting submissions to the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards contest. You have three weeks—until midnight Pacific time on June 22—to submit your projects in any of six Gardenista categories, six Remodelista categories, and one category on Remodelista sponsored by our newest site, The Organized Home. We’re thrilled to […]

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    Orchids are most often associated with tropical paradises and exotic climes. But did you know that you can also find orchids in your own backyard? Or in local wild habitats, to be more precise. Unbeknown to many, North America boasts about 250 species of native orchids. Alas, due to habitat destruction and poaching, approximately half […]

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    From a coat of “nervy paint” to a faucet upgrade, this week the Remodelista editors discovered easy upgrades to make a summer house feel fresh. Here are five of their favorite design ideas: Eclectic Furnishings See more ideas in Steal This Look: An Idiosyncratic French Mod Bedroom in Bellport, NY. Kitchen Faucets See the full list […]

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  • 06/01/18--23:00: Current Obsessions: Seaside
  • What’s on the Gardenista editors’ lists and pinboards, this first weekend of June? A new class of woven market bags, a scholarly look at flowers, and the launch of the 2018 Considered Design Awards. Here’s your weekend reading. Now open: Submit your project to The Gardenista Considered Design Awards, open to amateurs, professionals, homeowners, renters, architects, landscape […]

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