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What We’re Reading: Farms as an Allergy Cure, and the Hot New Houseplant (Oh, and a Pop Star’s Seeds Get Quarantined)

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✚ What if you took meticulous notes on every Thanksgiving in recent memory? Inventive outings and some serious food fine-tuning might be the result.…

The New ‘Seeing Flowers’ Brings You Up Close and Personal With Your Favorite Blooms

With the fading of our last passionflower last month, things are muted, florally speaking, right now inside our garden. The exceptions would be our small hibiscus shrub and our jade plant, whose delicate white flowers are already beginning to emerge.…

‘City Parks’ Editor Catie Marron on the High Line in Fall, Getting Casual in Paris and Finding Freedom in Urban Woodlands

We live in our parks, and our parks live in us. Parks are where we make loose appointments with friends, where we smooth out our nerves before job interviews, where we introduce our babies to the outside world, and the only place we’ll ever take off our shoes and lie down on the ground in a sea of strangers.…

Cold Plums, Stolen Peonies and Stabbing Grass: The Modernist Garden Poetry of William Carlos Williams

“Your thighs are appletrees / whose blossoms touch the sky,” William Carlos Williams writes in his 1920 poem “Portrait of a Lady.” The immortal modernist was born on this day in 1883 in Rutherford, New Jersey.…

Grunge-Inspired Grasslands and a Delphinium Wedding: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Vogue’s September Issue

It’s that time of year again! You know, that end-of-summer stretch marked by groaning mailbags, raised eyebrows at the newsstand, and 900+ plus pages of fashion euphoria?…

Pocket Paradise: Author Janit Calvo on “Gardening in Miniature,” Alien Sunflowers and Other Small Wonders

We’ll let you guess which half of The Horticult we’re talking about here: Growing up, one of us was hopelessly obsessed with miniatures.…

Spirit Guide: Amanda ‘Kiss My Aster’ Thomsen on Her Gardening Book, Punk-Rock Plants, and the Biggest Mistake Made by Newbies

“Setting up your perennial garden may seem intimidating, but don’t be afraid…Occasionally I like to shake things up and put a grouping of the same tall plants someplace in the middle of things.…

Giveaway! Win a Bumper Crop of Gardening Books from Timber Press

On the one hand, there are flings — the here-today-faded-tomorrow flashes of love, drama and seduction. And on the other hand, there are the smooth and steady partnerships that only get better and more brilliant over time.…

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Purring Plants, the ‘Vertical Forest’ Backlash, and the Warning System of Bees

From the hidden vibrations of flowers to empowering heirloom seeds in India (to, hello, that Higgs boson), it’s been a big week for small things.…

The Life and Death of Plants — Explained by Math, NPR

In a recent post for his Radiolab/NPR blog Krulwich Wonders, Robert Krulwich writes:

“Life is short for small creatures, longer in big ones.…