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Quick Takes With: Christian Douglas
When multiple people we admire tell us we should check out The Food Forward Garden, a new gardening book coming out this fall, we pay attention. “It’s a design manual on the art, craft, and importance of growing food closer to home,” says its author, landscape architect Christian Douglas, who has made a name in […]
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A Garden from Scratch: 8 Regrets from My First Years of Gardening
Hindsight is a wonderful thing: After you’ve planted, say, a tree in the wrong spot, everything becomes clearer and more crystallized—including where you should have planted it. Making mistakes is a vital part of understanding why a design works, or why a plant will thrive in one place but not in another. When I started […]
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Garden Visit: A Landscape Architect’s Hideaway in Rockaway Beach
New Yorkers who discover Rockaway Beach, the sandy peninsula at the end of the A train, tend to fall in love. Alexandria Donati and Jonathan Chesley, the husband and wife duo behind Ktisma Studio, were among those who appreciated the charms of the beach-meets-urban setting. The couple first visited Rockaway Beach more than a decade […]
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‘A Garden in Conversation’: A Remarkable Film About the Southern Woodland Garden of Louise Agee W...
“I think time is the fourth dimension,” says Louise Agee Wrinkle, in the kind of Southern accent you’d hope to find in Alabama but so rarely do. She continues in a way that is dramatically unhurried: “Time, and change, and the garden, all tied together. Every time you deal with plants, you’re dealing with change.” […]
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Landscape Visit: Russel Wright’s Manitoga Is an American Treasure
This is part of a series with Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit dedicated to toxic-free, nature-based gardening, on how you can be more sustainable in your landscapes at home. “I am more interested in nature than any other subject,” says Russel Wright, the influential mid-century industrial designer, who believed that good design was for everyone […]
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10 Garden Ideas to Borrow from the Landscape at Silver Sands Motel in Greenport, NY
The Silver Sands Motel in Greenport, NY, opened in 1957 as a laidback motel that felt more like a beach home away from home than a fussy hotel. When the property changed hands a few years back, the new owners were keen to keep the family-oriented spirit of this beloved destination alive. “They wanted to […]
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Garden Visit: ‘Love and Care’ in Florist Gabriela Salazar’s Flower Garden
Up in the mountains, in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, is a cut flower garden that grew from necessity. Gabriela Salazar started it to ensure she could have instant access to local and seasonal flowers for her floral designs. Her tiny home and her floral studio share land with her garden. “I couldn’t see my work […]
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Before & After: A Barren Courtyard Transformed Into an ‘Intimate, Green, and Cozy’ Urban Garden
Earlier this week, Remodelista readers were treated to a tour of a row house in Ghent that was was formerly “charmless” and now fresh and chic thanks to its resourceful new owners, Arthur Verraes and Kelly Desmedt, who did much of the remodeling work themselves. Today, we’re visiting the elements that make the outdoor space […]
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Designer Visit: Sheila Jack’s White Garden in West London
A career in art direction is a useful grounding for anybody wishing to go into garden design. Sheila Jack’s career shift was not so much a break as a continuum—of research, editing, and presentation. Before designing the pages of Vogue magazine, her first job was for the architect Norman Foster, and these visual strands from […]
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Garden Visit: Mindful Neglect in Lindsey Taylor’s Rambunctious Cinderblock Garden
“You have to be a tough to be allowed in.” Lindsey Taylor is explaining how she decides which plants to grow in her cinderblock garden, which is located in an old mechanic’s lot that she’s transformed into a thriving urban garden in Newburgh, NY. “I don’t have a lot of time to care for it, […]
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9 Ideas to Steal from the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show
The one certainty at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an endless stream of covetable plants and clever ideas—this year there’s heaps of innovation as designers lead the way in rethinking materials, construction and how to create resilient, future-proof gardens. Here are a few of the ideas we took note of at the 2024 show. […]
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The Maestro’s Return: Tom Stuart-Smith at the Chelsea Flower Show
This week, as the Chelsea Flower Show goes viral on every media outlet, we take a look at Tom Stuart-Smith, the comeback—after an absence of 14 years. A super-heavyweight of British garden design, Stuart-Smith’s show resumé describes his work as combining “naturalism with modernity, and built forms with romantic planting,” before reminding us that one […]
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8 Ideas to Borrow From Buchanan Studio’s Whimsical Urban Garden
Angus and Charlotte Buchanan—the co-founders of London-based creative design studio, Buchanan Studio—both grew up in the English countryside. Angus has vivid memories of entire seasons spent outdoors: “My parents are quite relaxed and bohemian,” he says. “They created this entire outside world.” Charlotte is more direct: “Your mother is a die-hard romantic who is incredibly […]
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Vego Garden’s Raised Beds and Planters Are Stylish, Sustainable, and Safe for Growing Veggies
Gardening should be as easy as playing in dirt. But if you’re a beginner, you may be intimidated by the seemingly limitless options out there: what to grow, which tools to buy, how to build a raised bed, and so on. And if sustainability is a priority (and it should be for everyone), there’s the […]