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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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    Worm London is a floristry studio that is run out of a tiny basement in Stoke Newington, East London. The business began two years ago when friends Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler decided it was time to work for themselves at something they love. They started delivering bunches and books around London. Now, their distinctive […]

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    Instant privacy is the greatest luxury we can imagine in a world where Facebook sells us out to advertisers, hackers know our credit scores, and our eavesdropping Amazon Alexa lets out creepy, maniacal laughs at dinner parties. Luckily it’s still easy to create privacy in the garden—without spending a lot of money or time. You […]

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    Trade you my Tillandsia pup for your green zebra tomato seedlings? Call it the new sharing economy: Plant swaps are coming to a neighborhood to you. Plant lovers have always shared the bounty over the backyard fence or at local garden clubs. But these days an upstart generation of houseplant lovers on Instagram is fostering a […]

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    A fountain is a celebration. Thousands of years ago, the landscape feature was proof of a successful water delivery system. Water ran downhill into town—if a town was lucky—and there in a central square was a fountain, a burbling public service to announce the arrival of fresh water. In architecture these days a fountain often is considered as a “decorative” […]

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    Western Sword Fern, Polystichum munitum Western sword fern is the sort of classic fern you are most likely to spot on a shady wooded trail, showing off its root muscles as it clings to rocky slopes or displaying its pack mentality as it nestles in a plant posse under stately redwoods. But keep in mind […]

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    If you’ve not already heard of Jean-Martin Fortier, allow us to introduce you to a rising star, the Canadian organic farmer whose notion of human-scaled, “six-figure farming” is shaking up the fields. Fortier is a busy man: He’s the founder, with wife Maude-Helène Desroches, of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, a 10-acre micro-farm in eastern Quebec where […]

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    Of all the ideas I file away for my someday-house (black-painted floors, a garden above a rocky beach in Maine), I never thought that teules pintades—painted roof tiles from the Medieval era on the Spanish island of Mallorca—would make the list. But after writing last week on Remodelista about Ca’n Rei, a 17th-century Mallorcan house on […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors found eco-friendly design solutions: reuse, reclaim, recycle. Here are five of their favorite ideas, from non-disposable drinking straws to non-toxic limewash paints. Shiplap Siding Annie rounded up 15 Favorite Uses of Shiplap from the Remodelista Archives. Rainforest Rattan See more of their home furnishings with a high level of social and […]

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    We think of the spring greens of spurge as heralds of a new season, but there are many evergreen varieties that have been keeping the show on the road all winter as well. While not all spurges are reliably hardy, they are reliably self-seeding, so a victim of frost is replaced by a selection of […]

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    Among the things that piqued our interest this week? Upcoming plant swaps, a Georgia O’Keeffe–inspired Instagram series, and tips for a bountiful kitchen garden. Read on. Join Remodelista on Wednesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. EDT for a live tour of architect Jess Thomas’s “sentimental minimalism” brownstone, and a Q&A with Thomas and partner Andrea […]

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    Seed bombs are the main weapon guerrilla gardeners can use to spread flowers in bare spots, creating pockets of beauty and habitats for pollinators. Gardening without permission is another way of describing these activities: not strictly legal but filed away by the authorities under the category of “What’s not to like.” Alex Mitchell in her […]

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    Wondering where to begin when it comes to paths and pavers? If you’re choosing materials or designing a path or walkway, start with our Paths and Pavers Design Guide: We’ve explored the pros and cons of using materials such as bluestone, limestone, brick, decomposed granite, concrete, and gravel. Maybe curb appeal is your greatest concern. […]

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    How does a French family dine outdoors? In style, of course, with a certain insouciant mix of high-low: outdoor furnishings that look just as good indoors during winter months. To create a similar elegantly relaxed backdrop for outdoor meals, look for flea market finds that can hold their own next to classic European designs. Leverage your landscape—site […]

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    With warm weather approaching, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining: here’s a roundup of the essentials our editors keep on hand to make outdoor dining and entertaining easy: Indestructible Glasses Linen Tablecloth Bistro-Style Flatware Bistro-Style Wine Glasses Hardwood Bowls Glass Carafes Wooden Trays Hurricane Lanterns Water Pitchers String Lights See more ideas to create a […]

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    How to make living with plants extra-easy for urbanities? In an already overgrown industry, Justin Mast saw a new way in: fast, affordable delivery of mature potted specimens in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large. Mast is a fifth-generation plantsman: on his father’s side, his Rotterdam-born grandparents worked in greenhouses, and his mother comes […]

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  • 04/16/18--04:00: Gardening 101: Fothergilla
  • The effusive spring froth of fothergilla flowers brightens shady green garden corners and sparkles when planted to catch the backlighting of morning or afternoon sunlight. Long after the flowers are gone, these multi-interest North American shrubs end the season in a blaze of sunset-orange foliage. Read on to learn how and where to grow these […]

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  • 04/17/18--01:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Tomato Cages
  • Think of tomato cages as scaffolding: You need a support system to keep vines from sagging (or snapping off) under the weight of heavy fruit. Match the right size cage (or trellis, obelisk, or tepee) to the kind of tomatoes you’re growing. Cherry tomatoes can grow in containers against a flat trellis. Large beefsteak varieties […]

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  • 04/17/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Butterburs
  • Butterbur, Petasites japonicus: “Waterside Posy” Petasites japonicus is a decorative waterside plant that dies down in winter, reemerging as cabbage-like posies that are ready to go when everything else is just waking up. As a ground cover it is certainly effective by summertime, when 4-foot leaves form an impenetrable thicket. Happiest when they have wet feet, […]

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    Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their perfumes soothe humans. The first step in your plan to thwart mosquitoes? Grow plants such as lavender, basil, mint, scented geraniums, and marigolds. But unless you’re planning to plop your chair down in the […]

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    Treat yourself to a time out in a hanging chair. Here’s a roundup of our rattan-inspired favorites. Take note that natural rattan is best when it’s kept in a dry location—perfect for hanging on a covered porch or indoors from a ceiling beam (bring that summer swing feeling inside). Want to hang a chair from a […]

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    Here in the northeast as we desperately await winter’s last gasp, I’ve taken solace in the invented, season-less worlds of Steffen Dam. Working entirely in glass, the Danish artist builds natural specimens that allude to the images he pored over in his paternal grandfather’s natural history books and insect collections. But Dam’s creations are entirely […]

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    With spring under way, we’re excited to announce that our family of Garden Design 101 guides is expanding this week—with our new Herbs 101 guide. Whether you’re designing a new herb garden, choosing seedlings for a kitchen container garden, or trying to decide which variety of basil or thyme to tuck into a corner of a window […]

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    You know those little plastic ID tags that come tucked into the pots or flats of plants you buy at a shop or nursery? The tags you usually toss as soon as you get home? Join the club: few gardeners pay those tags any mind; they already know there’s not much information to be gleaned […]

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    Can you name one potted plant that wouldn’t look great peeking over the edge of a galvanized metal trough? Me either. And let us not forget this is the sort of planter that improves with age. Sturdy, rust-resistant, and long-suffering, a galvanized planter develops a soft gray patina–the perfect foil for all shades of green leaves. […]

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  • 04/19/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Italian Arum
  • Italian Arum, Arum Italicum: “Italian Marble” Italian Arum is companionable and well-behaved in a tapestry of ground covers—at least in Europe. In areas that are shady and a little damp, the marbled spearheads of Arum italicum can be invaluable in winter and spring. The variety shown here, Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’, holds an Award of Garden […]

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    It all started off so well. My delta maidenhair fern was my pride and joy, its delicately drooping fronds hanging over my bathroom sink. Then winter came, the radiator switched on, and my fern’s leaves turned from papery to crispy. Before long, it was resigned to the compost heap…. What now? Photography by Mimi Giboin […]

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    Chefs’ kitchens are designed for efficiency and utility. Where better to find inspiration for your own kitchen remodel? The Remodelista editors spent the week sleuthing out the best design ideas from commercial kitchens. Here are five to steal: Wall Tiles 101 Agonizing over backsplash choices? Read our primer on “the seven different types of tile […]

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    Early spring is the season of hope: for the most beautiful garden ever. And you can have that. You also can lay the most charming front path in the history of hardscaping projects. And create the most welcoming outdoor living space that mankind has known. All you  have to do is avoid 11 common landscape design mistakes. Here’s […]

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    Among the things we’ve bookmarked on the eve of Earth Day: a weekly flower pop-up in Dobbs Ferry, a native plants sale, and the season’s most anticipated (and morbid) bloom. Take a look. In case you missed it: we went live on Facebook with architects Jess Thomas and Andrea Fish of Brooklyn-based Shapeless Studio. Check out […]

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    Perfecting the art of container gardening is no mean feat but Sarah Raven, the Sussex-based author, grower, cook, and lifestyle guru, has built a business on her skill in combining plants. She also has an idiosyncratic brilliance for color, as recently illustrated by her Color Cutting Garden at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show. At her […]

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    Does the thought of a trip to the flower market make your palms sweat? Maybe I’m projecting, but I think big city flower markets can be unnerving for most people: The crowds. The hustle. The options. The first few times I went to the New York City Flower Market on 28th Street, I left feeling […]

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    Desert landscapes look like the backdrops in old cartoons, endless loops showing a lone cactus silhouetted against the sky while Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote tussle in the dusty foreground. The starkness also can be romantic, a reminder of the endless western horizon. But if you live in the desert, how do you design […]

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    New from industrial designer Brice Ceccaldi: simple, appealing cotton canvas tents that provide protection from sun, wind, and rain during summertime idylls. Ceccaldi has spent every recent summer on Les Îles du Ponant—an Atlantic island chain off the Northwest coast of France—with his four children, exploring the islands and going for impromptu walks, bike rides, and boat […]

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  • 04/23/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Agave
  • Agave, Agave americana: “Century Plant” Sometimes, even in a very small garden, you need something dramatic, a focal point that catches the eye.  You might consider installing an ornament—an urn or a fountain or statue—but it would be simpler and a lot less expensive to use a plant instead.  That’s where the Agave family comes in.  It’s a genus […]

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    It’s important to make an entrance at a party or in garden. For a party, you need charisma and of course the right shoes. For a garden,  all you need is an arbor, preferably covered in glorious climbing roses. An arbor is a piece of hardscape that takes a garden from meh to magnificent, framing […]

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    With stone deck tiles, installing a floor outdoors can be as easy as snapping together Lego pieces. Many natural stone tiles are mounted on plastic interlocking bases and can be laid without glue or grout on a surface that’s flat and clean. Suitable for use on a patio or deck—or in a courtyard, mudroom, shed, […]

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  • 04/24/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Lobelias
  • Lobelia, Lobelia erinus: “Summer Color” Lobelia is a go-to flower to add  showy, delicate blooms to your borders, window boxes, or hanging baskets. This non-stop annual flower has fine foliage and produces a profusion of dainty blue, pink, white, violet, or bi-colored flowers from spring till fall. If you are not familiar with this plant, you […]

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    Skymeadow by Charlie Hart is part autobiography, part garden how-to, and part self-help book for anyone suffering from a bereavement or anxiety. And I loved it. A couple of years ago, I met Charlie Hart at a cafe in Kings Cross, London to talk about garden writing. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence—I was gardening editor of […]

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    There’s something refreshing about outdoor dining chairs in color. Mix different shapes and shades to seat your guests for the season’s first foray into outdoor dining. Here’s a roundup of our favorite outdoor dining chairs in a bouquet of spring pastels. See more of this outdoor furniture collection from Hay at Outdoor Furniture: Metal Lawn Chairs […]

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    Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis: “Pea Flowers” In early spring the distinctive and profuse flowers of eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), a small tree native to eastern and central North America, defy color-description. Are they pink? Rose? Purple? Lilac? We need a new redbud word. Clustered against the gray bark of their leafless branches, the darker buds (magenta?) […]