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

Shop photos by Ryan Benoit

Store Tour: In East Hollywood, Shopping for Gifts, Gems and Stems at Twig & Twine

Something to love about living in/near a busy city: Those moments when you find — amid the concrete hustle and bustle, the glaring hither and thither — a pocket of inspired, fertile serenity.…

Photos by Ryan Benoit

56 Hours in Portland: Coffee, Beer and Botany in the City of Roses

We’re very much into the whole “buy experiences rather than things” thing. So when Ryan suggested we celebrate my birthday by going to Portland, I said, “Put a bird on it!” and by “bird” I mean me, and by “it” I mean the City of Roses.…

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.…