Photos by Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon
Photos by Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon
Photos by Ryan Benoit

In Our Garden: Four Surprising Fruits That Are Now In Full Swing

Guava season has officially begun! Although none of the egg-shaped green fruits have conked us on the head yet (a sign of good luck anyway), our Acca sellowiana tree has been dropping goodies left and right since late July.…

Photos by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

In Defense of Carnations: An Underrated Bloom Makes a Comeback

The last decade has not been kind to the carnation.

Maybe it’s all the unholy dye jobs, or their association with homecoming boutonnieres, or their street-corner ubiquity that turned the pedigreed Dianthus caryophyllus into a pop culture punchline.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Make Your Own: Almost-Invisible Air Plant Cage

It only occurred to us after we received our wholesale order of 50 air plants that we had no place to put them!…

Flower beard photo by Ashley Thalman and styling by Sarah Winward, others by Ryan Benoit

The Complete Guide to Wearing Plants On Your Head — From Beard Gardens to a DIY Flower Crown

We believe that if you love something, rather than let it go, you should take that thing and wear it on your head.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Store Tour: Shopping for Garden, Home (and Host!) at Scout in Point Loma

You know that feeling…that feeling you get…when you give someone the host/ess gift of the century? Pure euphoria.

Finding something thoughtful, clever and useful to give to another person — or yourself, or your home — takes legwork.…


Relaunch: The Editor of ‘Garden Design’ on the New Issue, Outdoor Screens and Going Ad-Free

The new issue of Garden Design magazine is so highly, gloriously visual that it’s almost fragrant. Its 132 pages join horticulture with the human-made, crisscrossing the U.S.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Summer Cocktail Week: How to Make an ‘Elderbubble’ Champagne Cocktail

“You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Chantal turn down champagne,” Ryan said in our kitchen a few days ago.…

Photo by Ryan Benoit

Summer Cocktail Week: How to Make a ‘Minted Vodka Lemonade (To Go)’

We’re big believers in rock gardens. Why? For one, that’s where we try to contain our mint — which grows and grows and grows…and grows.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Summer Cocktail Week: How to Make a ‘Campari Light’

Today’s summer drink, a beer cocktail, might be our simplest. As much as I love our lush porters during the fall, come July, light, dry, refreshing lagers are my garden companion.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon

Summer Cocktail Week: How to Make a Classic ‘Dark and Stormy’

Welcome to Part Two of our Summer Cocktail Week, the series in which we ply you, gentle garden reader, with drinks for the warm weather.