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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    For the person on your holiday list who never forgets to bring a reusable tote to the farmers’ market, reminds you to recycle, and will wrap your gift in brown paper, here are 11 eco-aware gifts he or she will appreciate (and the earth will too). Native Flowers Quality Gardening Tools to Last a Lifetime Compost Starter […]

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    In the throes of the holiday season, here are 8 things to know about: Big news: Ikea is (at last) coming to Manhattan. A new twist on the classic: DIY air plant wreaths. And: how to make a succulent ornament. The world’s first plant robot. Sadly, market and restaurant Shed in Healdsburg, CA, is closing […]

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    Just in time for us to get serious about holiday decorating, our friends at Terrain have published a witty, stylish book full of tips of the trade. Anyone who’s ever visited one of Terrain’s shops decorated for the holiday season may well wonder who created all those glowing, golden depictions of  long-ago wintertime, seen through […]

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    Does your earliest holiday memory involve strings of colored Christmas lights? When I was little, my parents would wait until nightfall and then bundle all four of us kids into the backseat. We drove slowly around town to inspect the magically transformed houses: lighted reindeers on rooftops, glowing snowmen in the front yard, and tree […]

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    I’m not the most outdoorsy person: I much prefer what comes after nature activities (going inside and getting warm, preferably with a hot toddy). But these well-made and fashion-forward accoutrements could sway me to spend more time out of doors. For gardeners or outdoorsy types who need no convincing, here are 10 gifts to upgrade their garb and […]

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    Paths, pavers, and purple plants exploded on the Gardenista Instagram feed this year; here’s a look back at our most popular posts. Not a follower yet? We’d strongly encourage you to check out the @gardenista_sourcebook Instagram account, and drop us a line in the comments below with what you’d like to see more of in […]

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    Come December, an average doormat no longer cuts it. In fact, a doormat in the winter can make things worse (think: snowy boots sliding on a coconut mat). Bring on the boot scraper. Made of heavy-duty metal slats, a boot scraper can get the job done right. Here are our favorites. For more doormats, see […]

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    Is there a fiddle-leaf fig tree lover on your holiday gift list? Some clues: This person fusses happily over houseplants, takes endless photos of a favorite potted tree, and may even use tags such as #mybestfriend when proudly posting leafy snapshots on Instagram. Keeping a finicky tropical plant alive takes dedication, as we’ve reported before. Show […]

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    Bowles’ Golden Grass, Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ Although I routinely hear clients say chartreuse is a color they don’t want in their garden (for reasons they can’t usually explain), I maintain my love for this hue, especially in the shade. Bowles’ golden grass (Milium effusum ‘Aureum’) is a cultivar of wood millet grass that is a […]

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    People are always apoplectic when they discover I’ve never seen a seminal movie like Rocky or Caddyshack before. I imagine that’s how some gardeners will feel when I reveal that I’d never heard of “square foot gardening” until last week, when a colleague casually suggested I write about the popular low-maintenance technique for small gardens. […]

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  • 12/13/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Fir Tree
  • Do you have trouble telling the difference among evergreens such as fir, pine, and spruce trees? Me too. The good news is it’s not our fault. All these conifers belong to the Pinaceae family, explaining why they look like cousins. Firs (Abies) do have a few distinctive character traits to help you identify them: These […]

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    Our prediction: 2019 will be the year of the deck. After all, one of the least expensive ways you can add more living space to your home is with an outdoor room. Who wouldn’t want an open-air living room? How much does it cost to build an outdoor deck? The average 200-square-foot deck costs about […]

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    Just because gardeners like to get their hands dirty doesn’t mean they’re okay with messiness and disorganization. Here, 10 gift ideas for the neatnik green thumb in your life. Canvas Tote Bag A Flower Press TLC for Tools Pretty Plant Markers Seed Saver Box Garden Tool Bag Garden Journal Tool Apron Boot Brush Waterproof Tote […]

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    Is yellow-green a color you admire? If so, join the Remodelista editors as they decorate for the holiday season. Here are five ways to incorporate chartreuse into your interior design plans: Wood-Frame Sofa Alexa describes herself as a “fan of the wood-frame sofa, from Børge Mogensen to Donald Judd.” See her favorites in 10 Easy Pieces: […]

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    Amidst the hustle and bustle, here are 9 things to know. To be filed under “most creative use of lichen”: A DIY old man’s beard light catcher for the holidays. Are gardeners more likely to live to a hundred? Attention, LA readers: a workshop to make Christmas ornaments with succulents. Another New York story: He designed […]

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    Alert: shortest day of the year ahead. As the winter solstice approaches, we’ll be embracing the light this week Join us for poinsettias, amaryllis bulbs, holiday curb appeal, and snowy garlands: Coming Tuesday: Alexa conducts clever experiments with fireside cooking tools in this week’s 10 Easy Pieces post. There are so many things nobody tells […]

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    Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris: “Christmas Tree” Native to temperate climates in much of Europe, Scots pine is the most widely seen pine in the world. Introduced to North America in the mid-18th century, Pinus sylvestris nowadays is the most commonly grown Christmas tree in the US. (Although mature pine trees can live in the wild […]

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    Are we still dismissing the poinsettia as a seasonal Christmas cliché? If so, we have much to learn about this brilliantly colored scarlet plant (and its white, pink, yellow, and striped cousins). Before warm-weather native Euphorbia pulcherrima came to the US in 1828 (thanks to a chance meeting with Dr. Joel Roberts, the ambassador to Mexico […]

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    From seeds to salves, miniature garden gifts add wonder when wrapped and tucked into stockings. Here are ten tiny gifts for the gardener on your list: Wildflower Seeds Tiny Scrub Brush Botanical Hand Salve Handmade Bird Call Plant-Growing Paper See more plant growing paper at Be Mine: An Edible Valentine’s Day Gift. French Terra Cotta Pot […]

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    When Danny Pilkington’s mother mentioned in 2017 that she was unable find the perfect house numbers to mount on the wall by the front door, Danny and his wife Veronica began to brainstorm with her to create a better design. Together they came up with four versions of wall-mounted house numbers with planters just big […]

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