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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    If you have a 20,000-square-foot Brooklyn rooftop with selfie-worthy views of the Manhattan skyline, you should plant a pollinator-friendly meadow garden up there right away. That’s what the team at digital publishing and broadcast company Vice Media decided to do four years ago—and look how well it turned out both for the butterflies and for employees […]

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    A few months ago, over on Remodelista, the editors praised the power of paint for its ability to instantly reframe an interior space without committing to a full remodel. To prove their point, architectural and interior designer Katie Hackworth weighed in with three no-fail color palettes for a room’s ceiling, walls, and trim (see her […]

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    Making elegance look effortless, actress and script writer Diane Valsonne transformed a narrow Parisian balcony into a chic garden. When we dropped in on her in the 10th arrondisement the other day, she shared 10 ideas to steal to add charm to any small urban garden: Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista. French Doors Bring […]

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    The winner of the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards Best Curb Appeal project is Urban Oasis Landscape Design for their Vibrant Mediterranean Front Yard landscape in Los Angeles. The project was chosen as a finalist by guest judge Brook Klausing, who compared it to “the last day of school before summer break: There is a feeling of abandonment with […]

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    As a garden designer who also loves making homemade gifts, I often propagate my houseplants. Giving away or swapping the plant babies is a rewarding project—and if you take up the same hobby, you can give yourself  a pat on the back for practicing environmentalism and frugality. Depending on the plant, you’ll use one of […]

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    The Remodelista editors discovered this week that style doesn’t take a vacation in August. See five of their favorite interior design ideas to steal: Twin Doorways See more takeaways in this week’s Architect Visit in  Wabi Sabi in London: A Modest Yet Monumental House by Takero Shimazaki. Little Black Pendant Lights Alexa discovers clever kitchen ideas […]

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    The summer isn’t over yet: there’s plenty of time for daytrips, quick jaunts, and weekend getaways. This and more, on our radar: A reason to stay up late tonight. And: we’re fans of the Dark Sky movement. On the waterfront: Chicagoans are reveling in the resurrection of their river. Is your fairy house up to […]

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  • 08/11/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Fuchsia
  • Fuchsia, Fuchsia: “Lady’s Eardrops” Two years ago when I traveled to the west coast of Ireland in August, I expected to see plenty of velvet- green vistas.  What I didn’t anticipate on the Emerald Isle was that the color of the landscape would not be limited to shades of green.  Instead it was a riot […]

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    The winner of the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards Best Amateur Garden is Kielian DeWitt for her project Floral Serendipity in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. The project was chosen as a finalist by guest judge Erica Tanov, who had this to say: “I love the cacophony of color and interesting choice of flowers with varying height […]

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  • 08/13/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Gaura
  • Gaura, G. lindheimeri: “Dancing Ballerinas” Thank goodness that gaura, a once-obscure Texas roadside wildflower, was “discovered” in the 1980s and became widely bred for the garden. These days I routinely add perennial gaura, which also goes by the name beeblossom, to garden designs if I want to create a sense of movement and informality. Please […]

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    When the owners of a working farm just outside of Boston wanted to build a new residence, they could think of no better location than a wooded hillside overlooking their own fields. The owners turned to landscape architects Richard Burck Associates and landscape construction company Robert Hanss Inc., who devised a plan to turn the steep slope into a […]

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    Our 1,000-square-foot backyard garden in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens is now in its third summer. But by the end of September we must move, and I must decide what plants come with us when we go. This will be our fourth move with a garden in tow. The nature of rental real estate […]

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    The appeal of anything plastic is that you can keep it clean by hosing it down with water. The Swedes were onto this idea back in the 1970s when colorful plastic PVC ribbons were paired with traditional looms for an easy to clean and mold resistant rug that works just as well in the kitchen […]

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  • 08/14/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Russian Sage
  • Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia Neither truly Russian nor a sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia holds its own when it comes to being a trustworthy, drought-tolerant shrub useful in a variety of sun-filled landscape designs. In 1995, Russian sage received the Perennial Plant of the Year award, and rightly so. If you have ever grown this plant, you […]

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    The winner of the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards Best Professional Landscape is Liz Pulver Design for her Room to Breathe in Brooklyn project. The project was chosen as a finalist by Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla, who noted how the “roof garden and velvety green backyard create a remarkable respite from the noise and grit of New York […]

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    Maine’s newest farmers are doing it all: When thirtysomethings Katee Lafleur and Andrew White found a 35-acre property on Maine Farm Link, it housed a rambling 1835 farmhouse in need of an update and an early 19th-century barn in danger of falling in, all at the end of a two-mile-long dirt road, 24 miles from the coast […]

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    Mexican feather grass looks like a hazy smudge of golden color in the distance, and who wouldn’t want that as a backdrop in the garden? Like other grasses in the Stipa genus, Mexican feather grass develops delicate pale green flowers which turn wheat-colored, at the tips of stems that move in a breeze. In addition […]

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    The winner of the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards Best Outdoor Living Space is Kristin Barlowe-Clauer for her Garden Birdhouse for Kids Big & Small project. The project was chosen as a finalist by Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla, who had this to say: “Using reclaimed materials and DIY ingenuity, a father built a stylish kids’ clubhouse to […]

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    “I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else,” wrote E. B. White, with no further explanation necessary. This week the Remodelista editors found design inspiration along craggy shorelines and in velvet-green forests. Here are their five favorite design ideas to steal from Maine. Woodstoves See more in our Kitchen of the […]

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    As you’re soaking up the last gasps of August this weekend, here are 10 things to know about, plus more goings-on. Weeds 1, Westchester County 0: One of America’s richest counties can’t keep the grass mowed at bus stops. Do you like to snap photos of bunnies? Enter this photo contest immediately for positive reinforcement. […]

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