PHOTOS BY CHANTAL AIDA GORDON, ART BY AMY JEAN PORTER, COURTESY OF 20X200.
PHOTOS BY CHANTAL AIDA GORDON, ART BY AMY JEAN PORTER, COURTESY OF 20X200.

Q&A: Talking Beauty and Botany With Hi Wildflower Founder Tanwi Nandini Islam

Wildflowers. They’re sweet alyssum, they’re art, and they’re also a state of mind.

I didn’t fully understand the latter until I met my friend Tanwi Nandini Islam, the Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Bright Lines, will be published by Penguin in August 2015.…

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Eastern Exposure: Inside the Walled Wonderland That Is Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden

Modeled after the gardens of the Ming Dynasty, Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden is — with its smudgy florals, sharp stone edges and tastefully placed calligraphy — a bit like wandering around an illustrated scroll.…

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Tillandsia Towers: Introducing Our New Acrylic Habitat for Air Plants

For the past year, we’ve been keeping a big secret. It involves air plants, acrylic and Ryan Benoit Design.

Believe us, it’s been tough to contain the excitement!…

Photos Courtesy of Timber Press

Perennial Personality: Author Rochelle Greayer on ‘Cultivating Garden Style’

Ryan and I can be reclusive when we wanna be — movie nights, bay scallops to go — but I wouldn’t call us homebodies.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Wax Plant Poetic: Why the Hoya Is One Part Houseplant, One Part Hanging Heirloom

Here’s the thing about our houseplants: We mostly keep them outside. We don’t have a lot of room indoors, so we’ll hang certain flora — ones you might associate with offices and brightly lit bathrooms — from the north-facing eave outside our one-story home.…

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Moss and Ferns and Flowers, Eaux My: The Plants of Oregon’s Wahclella Falls

Despite what the song says, Ryan and I actually make a point of chasing waterfalls whenever we travel. And during our recent trip to Portland, Oregon, there were over 90 cascades in the Columbia River Gorge to choose from.…

PHOTOS BY CHANTAL AIDA GORDON, ART BY AMY JEAN PORTER, COURTESY OF 20X200.

Postcard From NYC: Walking the High Line (Plus, How to Bring Home Two of Its Flowers)

I was back in Brooklyn and Manhattan earlier this month, which is my favorite month to be in/live in/visit the city.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Gold Medal Petals! Our Visit to the International Rose Test Garden

No matter how much we fawn over our intergalactic passion flowers and the sultry party dresses of our fuchsias, our hearts will always somersault at the sight of a romantically formed garden rose.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Block Party: How to Make Quick and Easy Raised Beds for Your Garden

Earlier this month we decided to redo our flower beds/“stadium garden,” where we normally rotate blooming annuals and perennials. After storing the tuber of our Impatiens flanaganae, which enjoyed a powerful summer bloom, and saying goodbye to our last dahlias, we realized our garden bed could use a good lift — literally and figuratively — for the new fall season.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Coleus Collection: A Colorful Fall Fix For Our Garden

What colors do you associate most with fall? Here in our subtropical climate, we don’t get the level of fluorescent foliage we did growing up in the Northeast and Midatlantic — like the neon New England landscapes I saw last week while visiting friends in Boston.…