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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    The countdown is on: You have only five more days to submit your garden and home design projects into the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards. Enter by midnight Pacific on Friday, June 22, in any of 13 contest categories across Gardenista and Remodelista. We’ve outlined the basics here, but be sure to read our Rules & […]

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    A career in art direction is a useful grounding for anybody wishing to go into garden design. Sheila Jack‘s career shift was not so much a break as a continuum of research, editing, and presentation. Before designing the pages of Vogue magazine, her first job was for the architect Norman Foster; these visual strands from […]

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    It’s weed season. Why make it a fair fight? To defeat the enemy, I prefer a multi-pronged fork that you can push into crevices to tease out roots. A weeding fork can be the best tool to use between pavers, on a brick path, or in a tight corner. Here’s a roundup of 10 sturdy […]

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    The beauty of flowers sometimes makes us believe that appearance is all they have to offer. But like other edible plants, flowers can bring to our plates (and glasses) elements of texture, aroma, and flavor. While some edible flowers have better looks than flavors (I’m looking at you, violas), many others have herbal or sweet […]

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    In the Southern Highlands an hour’s drive south of Sydney, a region known for its vineyards and mild climate, landscape designer Nicholas Bray encountered sweeping views and a low-slung house with Colorbond metal sheeting on his client’s 100-acre property. “It’s modern and very Australian,” he said. The challenge? To design a swimming pool easily accessible from […]

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    A new planter—even a very big planter—shouldn’t feel like a lifetime commitment. We went searching for lightweight and luggable pots suitable for patios, terraces, and stoops. Here are 10 of our favorites (all light enough to carry indoors when the weather turns cold): Above: A Fibreglass Buxus Cube Planter is frost-proof and can stay outdoors year-round. For more […]

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    In England, hedgerows froth with a creamy white haze of cow parsley as Anthriscus sylvestris (a cousin of Queen Anne’s lace) rises up from ditches, billowing along roadside verges and lighting up the perimeters of fields and meadows. These are weeds. Or at least they used to be. Nowadays cow parsley has found a champion in revered gardener […]

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    When San Francisco landscape architect Loretta Gargan and her partner, the art photographer Catherine Wagner, set out to buy a weekend house in the warmer climes of Marin County just north of the city, they shopped modestly, with big plans for the future. The pair purchased a 500-square-foot, one-bedroom cottage that was the blight of its neighborhood […]

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    Yes, you could make a flytrap from an empty tomato sauce jar or a dish with plastic wrap, but neither of these methods elevates the task of combatting flies in your house. This glass flycatcher, however, does. Made of handblown glass, the jar is perched on four legs and is available from Swedish shop Artilleriet. Fill it with […]

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    Sweet Chestnut, Castanea sativa: “Beauty in Utility” Handsome, long-lived, with texture galore, sweet chestnuts in their several varieties are distinguished trees. They are also abundantly generous, in gate posts and nuts, the latter being a cheerful reminder of the holidays. Photography by Britt Willoughby Dyer, except where noted. Above: The fruits of sweet chestnuts in autumn. In the UK, ripening nuts […]

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  • 06/21/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Arborvitae
  • Arborvitae, Thuja: “Tree of Life” Arborvitae trees are North American natives that earned their appreciative nickname (arbor vitae translates to “tree of life” in Latin) a few centuries back when Canada’s early French settlers discovered that brewing a tea from thuja bark was a cure for scurvy. Guaranteed, you’ve seen thuja trees—either in your garden […]

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    A visit to their favorite Scandinavian design haunts always surprises and delights the Remodelista editors. New ideas to steal for your own remodel: Swedish Cabinet Knobs Swedish designers Malin Bäccman and Fia Berglund are purveyors of top-quality residential hardware including handmade hooks, handles, and knobs (in a variety of solid metals and finishes, including brushed and […]

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    This is it; today is the last day to enter the 2018 Gardenista and Remodelista Considered Design Awards. You have until the clock strikes midnight Pacific time tonight—Friday, June 22—to submit your projects into any of our 13 categories. If you haven’t started, you still have time: Just upload up to 10 photos of your garden or home design […]

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    This last full weekend of June, we’re savoring the month’s most beautiful blooms and the summer stretched out ahead of us. More on our radar: Submissions for the 2018 Considered Design Awards are officially closed, but take a look through all of the entries here. For New Yorkers without gardens of their own (almost everybody), […]

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    There are more ways to use roses in a garden than there are roses—and as you know, there are many thousands of kinds of climbing, rambling, heirloom, floribunda, hybrid tea, and miniature roses. Are you designing a new rose garden, reviving a neglected collection, or just trying to decide which scented climber would be the […]

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    A few weeks ago a rare thing landed in our in-box: before-and-after photographs of a Florida cottage built in 1935. Before: decrepit, with a sagging roof and a front porch straight out of an episode of Hoarders. After: a charming, cheerful garden and house. The transformation was extraordinary. Even more exciting, the designer and homeowner Mary […]

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    What could make more sense than solar-powered outdoor lighting? But sensible too often comes in basic-at-best packaging. Fortunately, a team of designers at French teak furnishings company Les Jardins has been on the case. Powered by LED panels that charge just by being left outside, Les Jardin’s solar lanterns are not only better looking than […]

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  • 06/25/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Honesty
  • Honesty, Lunaria: “Silver Dollar” Honesty is honestly loved—for its long performing time, early color, and the handsome shape of the plant. Not to mention its jagged heart-shaped leaves, cruciform flowers, and flat disks of seeds that continue to develop in hue and texture over summer. Whether white or vibrant lilac, honesty does the job of […]

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    The rocky coast of Maine is known for being a little weather-worn, with Down East charm: old gray Adirondack chairs, hardy plantings that can stand the salt air, and outdoor showers for washing off the sand. It might be because of Maine’s down-to-earth people, or—more likely—because little needs to be added to its spectacular natural […]

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  • 06/26/18--01:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Downlights
  • Downlights in a landscape will focus attention exactly where you need it at night, with minimal light pollution from glare and excessive brightness. By pointing toward your feet, downlights make it safer to walk on dark paths without creating skyglow, which obscures the stars overhead. Are you looking for discreet downlights to mount on an outdoor […]

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