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Night at the Museum: Dancing With Plants and Paintings at ‘Art Alive’

Last weekend Art Alive happened — and to kick things off, Ryan asked if I would be his date to the plant prom. The party (alright, officially known as Bloom Bash) was thrown last Friday to celebrate San Diego Museum of Art’s annual show; in its 33rd year, the four-day event featured 120 floral interpretations of famous works of art.…

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When Roses Meet Rembrandt: This Weekend, ‘Art Alive’ Returns to San Diego Museum of Art!

It’s back! The show that puts the “culture” in horticulture, Art Alive is taking place this weekend at San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature 120 inventive, seriously sublime floral interpretations paired with famous works of art.…

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Locals Only: A Surprising Tour of Southern California’s Native Plants

Last weekend we headed up the coast in search of indigenous plants, and were amazed by the colorful diversity we found. The low-lying chaparral we expected was punctuated by shocking, shoulder-high clouds of wild lilac (Ceanothus) and flannel bush blooming yellow, and one of the most stunning flowering euphorbias we’ve ever seen.…

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Garden Tour: A Beach Bungalow With a Wild, Bohemian Heart

The riotous garden Joe Skoby has created is one that embraces you, absorbs you, tickles you on the ear. Tall philodendrons curve to create organic archways, a snail vine wraps a palm tree in a rich stole of purple flowers, and a creeping fig pokes a feeler through the bathroom window.…

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Floral Mixtape: How to Say ‘You’re My Best Friend’ in the Language of Flowers

Time for Round Two of Tussie-Mussie Tuesday! Inspired by the Victorian language of flowers, we’re fixing up sweet and simple bouquets that you can give to the beloved buds in your life.…

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Five Things Friday: Growing Yerba Buena, a Decal Update, and Between New Ferns…

Ryan and I probably fall a skosh more on the “I” side of the introvert/extrovert scale, but can’t say we hang out with many wallflowers.…

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Wakeup Call! ‘Sous Style’ Peeps Our Morning Routine

Yesterday we were excited to, well, wake up to the news that we were featured on Sous Style, one of the raddest food and lifestyle sites around.…

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Garden Q&A: Mastering Microclimates in Alexandria, Virginia

When my brother Neal Benoit and his family moved into their first single-family home in 2009 just south of the Capitol Beltway in Alexandria, Virginia, he also stumbled into an interest in gardening.…

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Field of Dreams: ‘Wildflowering L.A.’ Turns Urban Sprawl Into Native, Magical Meadows

Happy equinox, everyone! Here in Southern California, early spring means wildflowers, and lots of them: hillsides dense with blue flax and lupine, and phone-in hotlines updated weekly with the state of the poppies.…

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Happy Flower: ‘Craft Cocktails’ Co-Author Shares Her Latest Garden-Fresh Recipe

“A lot of people are surprised to hear about a healthcare provider who co-authored a book about booze,” says Garden Eats blogger Christine Dionese.…