Photos by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit
Photos by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit
Flower beard photo by Ashley Thalman and styling by Sarah Winward, others by Ryan Benoit
Flower beard photo by Ashley Thalman and styling by Sarah Winward, others by Ryan Benoit
Photos by Ryan Benoit

Royals: When a Very Hungry Monarch Caterpillar Meets a Native Milkweed

The iconic monarch butterfly is now beginning its migration to warmer climates for the winter: to central Mexico, to Southern California, to Florida and to the Gulf Coast (depending on the population).…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Totally Tubular: The Lipstick Plant Gussies Up Our Yard

You know how they say, “Say it with flowers”? If the lipstick plant — which is now blooming at our place — could talk, it would say, “I have come to bring some major flair to your shaded areas.” (Or something like that.…

'Face the Foliage' works by Justina Blakeney; artist portrait by Dabito

‘Face the Foliage’: Designer Justina Blakeney on Making Portraits With Plants

There is one hashtag that’s singing our heartsong these days, and that hashtag is #FacetheFoliage. Imagined by designer, author and creative-force-of-nature Justina Blakeney, #FacetheFoliage is an open invitation to build whimsical portraits out of leaves, stems, twigs, fruits and flowers — and to join the legions who are posting their own blooming works on Instagram.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

Turn Your Clay Pots Into a Vertical Garden: Our ‘Dark Rye’/Whole Foods Collabo!

Last spring Dark Rye, the online magazine of Whole Foods Market, reached out and asked if we could come up with a DIY project for their “Cultivate” summer issue.…

Photos by Chantal Gordon and Ryan Benoit

Bogged Up: A Sleek Vertical Home for Our Carnivorous Plants

If there’s one plant — one group of plants — that equally amazes and weirds out visitors to our place, it’s our collection of carnivores.…

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.…