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Where Fern Meets Fashion: The Secret-Garden Installations of Satoshi Kawamoto

Sometimes you don’t realize how starved a space is for plants until you throw one into the mix. (Where have you been all my life?

Pansies on Pennsylvania: The Winter Street Flowers of Washington, DC

It’s great to be back from winter recess. We took a long one this year — saw our families in DC and New York, and today I finish my third (out of five!) residencies at Warren Wilson College, where I’m getting my MFA in fiction writing.…

Kiss and Tell: What You Might Not Know About Mistletoe

In this season of highly electrified plants — when any branch that can hold a string of lights gets lit — mistletoe generates its own spark.…

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Artist in Residence: Take a Tour of Natalie Bessell’s Sky-High Garden and Studio

In terms of landscape juju, the iconic California canyon home occupies a wavelength all its own. Its mystique is tied to the idea of backyard as wildlife theater, and to the feeling you get there — a gravity-defying feeling that is, somehow, also very down-to-earth.…

Ornamental Garden: Trimming the Tree, an Air Plant Angel and…Cue the Christmas Cactus!

Here we are again. It’s that time of year when the air is spiced, the homes (and hearts) grow warmer, and we spend countless hours stalking our friends’ Instagram photos for gift ideas.…

Q&A: Talking Beauty and Botany With Hi Wildflower Founder Tanwi Nandini Islam

Wildflowers. They’re sweet alyssum, they’re art, and they’re also a state of mind.

I didn’t fully understand the latter until I met my friend Tanwi Nandini Islam, the Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Bright Lines, will be published by Penguin in August 2015.…

Wax Plant Poetic: Why the Hoya Is One Part Houseplant, One Part Hanging Heirloom

Here’s the thing about our houseplants: We mostly keep them outside. We don’t have a lot of room indoors, so we’ll hang certain flora — ones you might associate with offices and brightly lit bathrooms — from the north-facing eave outside our one-story home.…

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 during our recent trip to Portland, Oregon, there were over 90 cascades in the Columbia River Gorge to choose from.…

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.…

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.…