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Buds, Sweat and Tears:
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That sound you hear? That’s our very loud sigh of relief as we wrap up edits on our very. First. Book.…

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!…

Golden Girls: Create a Glam Head Vase for Your Fall Flowers

Design sorceress/Greco-Roman disco gladiator Kelly Wearstler must have a gland that produces nothing but inspiration. We swim through images of her work all the time, but there’s one object in particular that we saw inside a Wearstler interior that has been stuck in our craw since 2009.…

Fruit of the Matter: Yovana ‘Rawvana’ Mendoza Shows How to Prepare a Delicious Raw Vegan Meal

“I felt like I needed a detox from my life,” Yovana Mendoza explains early into our visit to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, moments before cracking open a ‘White Genoa’ fig in the most gorgeous way imaginable.…

Christy Wilhelmi of ‘Gardenerd’ Talks Hen-tertainment, Organic Growing, and the Garlic Clove That Changed Everything

Moments after arriving at the delicious ecosystem that is Christy Wilhelmi’s Los Angeles backyard, we’re startled by the sound of the screen door snapping open.…

Succulent Social Hour! The Party That Showed Us How to Make a Terrarium

You already know how we feel about the whole partying-with-plants thing.

So when we got an invitation from storied flower shop Adelaide’s to make succulent terrariums (pardon our Latin, but “terraria” just looks strange on the page) after hours, we brushed off our dancing shoes and got our best overalls back from the drycleaners.…

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.…

Above and Beyond: Hanging With the Legendary Fuchsias, Tuberous Begonias of Weidner’s Gardens

“We’ve all done pots, right? But baskets kind of allow you to use another space,” Kalim Owens (above) said during our recent trip to Weidner’s Gardens.…

Make Your Own: Vintage Botanical Wall Decals

Scientific illustrations of flora, fauna and fungi are an unending source of excitement for us. When we learned, via design blog Miss Moss, that Biodiversity Heritage Library offers almost 80,000 of them in high-resolution on its Flickr page, we made a beeline for the botanical sets in particular, some of which date back to as early as the 18th century.…

It Takes a Village to Repel a Pest: Crowdsourcing Our Aphid, Inchworm Invasion

Remember our darling, hangover-curing loquat tree?

About a month after we picked its last fruit of the season, our tree was attacked by a horde of green apple aphids.…