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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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    We’ll be sad to see July go. But, courage—August lies ahead, with lazy days and sunflowers in the garden. The Remodelista editors spent the week discovering new design ideas for high summer. Here are five of their favorites. Pantry Storage “Built in 1765 by poet/naturalist Myron Benton, Troutbeck served as a country house and retreat for Benton’s […]

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    What the Gardenista team is noting, this last weekend of July: Only a few days left to vote for your favorite entry in the 2018 Considered Design Awards. Vote now (or, to vote for Remodelista projects, head here). Traveling in Provence this week, Michelle visited designer Nicole de Vésian’s haunting cloud garden on a hillside in Bonnieux. Currently […]

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    Our judges have chosen the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for your favorite projects in our 2018 Considered Design Awards, once per day in each of the Gardenista and Remodelista categories. Voting closes at midnight on August 3, and winners will be announced on August 6. Below, browse the finalists in the best Professional […]

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    If you live in a climate warm enough to make an olive tree happy, consider your landscape dilemma solved. One olive tree, dramatically situated, is all it takes to inspire awe—and poetic allusions to ancient boughs that sheltered Socrates and his students. Legend has it, in fact, that the actual olive tree that shaded the […]

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  • 07/29/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Lupine
  • Lupine, Lupinus: “Fine Old Garden Flower” Miss Rumphius was the lupine lady, as you probably remember from the by Barbara Cooney. She lived in Maine, in a little house by the sea, and scattered flower seeds to create a colorful carpet along the coast. I cannot say how many times I have read the story […]

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    Heading out of town in Concord, Massachusetts, one passes The Old Manse, an imposing clapboard building which in the 18th century witnessed the start of the Revolutionary War at the battle of North Bridge (and decades years later became home to naturalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau). A little farther down the road is […]

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    A summerhouse on a plot of land, to visit every weekend while wearing country garb—this is not the vision of New Yorkers escaping to Connecticut but of Russians, during the time of Tolstoy and Chekhov. The latter, one of the most enduring playwrights of all time, was also a family doctor, a dedicated humanitarian, and […]

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    Our judges have chosen the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for your favorite projects in our 2018 Considered Design Awards, once per day in each of the Gardenista and Remodelista categories. Voting closes at midnight on August 3, and winners will be announced on August 6. Below, browse the finalists in the best Amateur […]

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    Never mind what you’ve heard; you don’t need to hill or hoe potatoes. With a potato growing kit—which consists mainly of a waterproof bag and potting soil—you can grow the underground root vegetable nearly anywhere. Prepare for the long winter ahead by planting a crop now (potatoes will mature in from 70 to 120 days). […]

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    Back in the analog era, if you wanted to DIY a plan for a garden or landscape, you pulled out a pencil, a ruler, a plant book, that folder of inspirational magazine clippings of yards you love, a sheet of graph paper, and started sketching. You had to use your imagination to see what your […]

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    Tomorrow is the last day to make your voice heard in our 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards. Vote now for your favorite finalists across six categories, and don’t forget to vote on Remodelista too. When does voting close? Voting closes at midnight Eastern time tomorrow night—Friday, August 3. Which Gardenista categories are open for voting? Cast your vote in […]

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  • 08/02/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Hakone Grass
  • Hakone Grass, Hakonechloa: “Japanese Forest Grass” Think of it as Cousin Itt style for the garden. Low-growing clumps of Hakonechloa macra grass add floppy, shaggy style to a landscape. Native to Japan’s Mount Hakone, hakone grass is happiest in rich, moist soil and part shade and is a good choice if you need a well-behaved ground […]

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    The casual personality of honeysuckle flowers and vines is ideal for making bouquets at home. Unless you live at Buckingham Palace, flowers are an accessory, not an art piece. Stiff arrangements with each stem coerced into place are beautiful at an event, but at home flowers should appear a little less thought out. I love […]

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    Embracing the heat, the Remodelista editors were inspired by retro-modern tropical design ideas this week. Here are five to steal. Split-Bamboo Blinds A centuries’-old summertime staple, “‘chik’ window blinds, woven in India of bamboo, have lattice patterns made of ecru cotton,” writes Annie. See her favorite designs in Under the Indian Sun: Split-Bamboo Chik Blinds from […]

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    On our agendas: an upcoming book signing, a guided plant hike, and a UK plant swap. Read on. Catch us next Sunday, August 12 in New York City, at Shoppe Object, a new, curated trade show by the founders of Aesthetic Movement and Capsule, where Julie and Margot will be on hand to sign all three of […]

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    My first encounter with black raspberries—native to eastern North America—was at farmers’ market in Sante Fe one summer, years ago. I was stopped in my tracks by blue boxes filled with unfamiliar and dark powdery berries, like miniature red raspberries. I exclaimed brightly to the farmer who sat hunched and scowling behind his crop. Purple […]

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    For most of us, Provence is a dreamy holiday location. But for gardeners in any arid climate that mimics the dry earth and sun-baked summers of the South of France, the region’s landscapes are a rich source of design ideas. For inspiration, we looked at some of the region’s best-loved gardens as well as the […]

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    A miniature vase can have maximum impact. Read on for New York City–based events designer David Stark’s eight top tips for creating tiny bouquets that make a big impression. Photography courtesy of David Stark Design. 1. Set a friendly budget. “This trend is suitable for any budget,” says Stark. “I found tiny glass vases from ABC Carpet […]

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    We’re thrilled with the results of our fifth Gardenista Considered Design Awards contest and want to extend a huge thanks to everyone who entered and voted. Stay tuned; over the coming weeks, we’ll profile each winning project on the site, and be sure to check out the Remodelista winners too. Without further ado, congratulations to our winners! […]

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    If fairy gardens are magic—and make no mistake, they are—it is in large part because miniature worlds can be so easily chaperoned. A tiny universe can be controlled from above, with twig cottages laid out just where you want them, along with neat pebble paths and velvety moss roofs and friendly fairy occupants who all […]

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    Fairy garden designs are limited only by imagination. To get you started, we’ve rounded up a few favorite furnishings and supplies made of natural materials. For inspiration, see 12 Design Ideas to Steal from Fairy Gardens. Here’s hoping you’ll send us a photo of your (environmentally friendly) miniature garden soon. See more summer gardening ideas […]

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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 […]