All posts 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.…

From Peanuts to Palm Trees: A Plant Lover’s Guide to Charleston

Over the past several weeks, Chantal and I have been operating the Horticult from opposite coasts. This year I performed my annual training for the Naval Reserves in Charleston, South Carolina — a.k.a.…

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.…

Garden Lighting Idea: This Ikea Pendant Lamp Survives the SoCal Elements

On a recent rainy day trip to Ikea, our local furniture maze, we took a wrong turn and ended up in the indoor lighting department, where we noticed the store is still carrying the Foto Pendant Lamp.…

11 Tips for Throwing a Super Bowl Party in Your Garden

This February — sorry, cold-weather friends! — we can’t think of a better excuse for throwing a garden party than Super Bowl XLVIII.…

You’re Invited: ‘Curb Appeal’ Star John Gidding and The Horticult to Present at WestEdge Design Fair

It’s official! We’re teaming up with architect and designer (and star of HGTV’s Curb Appeal) John Gidding to present at the WestEdge Design Fair on Saturday, October 5th at 5:30pm.…

UPDATE: Adelaide’s Adds Romantic-Mod Florals to Our Vase Design! Plus, Photos From Last Week’s Moonlight Picnic

Updated on September 22, 2013: Last Thursday we, alongside 1,600 other guests, wined, dined and danced at Dîner en Blanc.

Slat Trick: How We Built a Healthier Habitat for Our Nepenthes Pitcher Plants

Their hardboiled, bloodthirsty reputation aside, our carnivorous pitcher plants cry out for more tender loving care than any other plant we grow.…

The Horticult Garden: Making the Living Wall

Made in the Shade: Building a Vertical Garden Under the Canopy of Our Guava Tree

Our feijoa guava is one of those trees that asks for so little (just one deep watering a week) and yet bestows so much: 50+ pounds of fruit September through November, fodder for our guava gin, and an excuse to throw our infamous “guava jams” — that is, the rowdy parties we throw to celebrate the harvest and C’s birthday.…

Pitcher Perfect! How to Cold-Brew Your Coffee This Summer

Oh, the lengths we’ve gone and the backflips we’ve done in pursuit of a cup of iced Coffea arabica: brimming mugs balanced in the freezer.…