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Two weekends ago, we traded the cacti of California for the Douglas firs (and snappy wildflowers!) of the Pacific Northwest. This mini-vacation included an enlightening trek to The Herbfarm, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant and dining tour-de-force in Woodinville, Washington. We also visited its five-acre...

Last weekend we went up to Carlsbad, California, to bask in the legions of shaggy-faced ranunculus that grow at the Flower Fields. Scroll through for the action. The day also included an antique tractor ride, a confounding sweetpea maze, a rose garden, a chorus of snapdragons,...

A bland bedroom patio and an impulse buy were the two things that conspired, 16 years ago, to initiate Barry Levine into the practice of bonsai. This was while he was still a bachelor living in Brentwood. “The patio had nothing on it but a chair...