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The Weekly Notebook

Seed Sowing in the Snow Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer. Read More »
Frankincense & The Magi's Endangered Tree Every December has its hard-to-find treasure—a toy or game that captures the zeitgeist and flies off the shelves. In the past several years, one holiday symbol has become increasingly scarce: Frankincense, the original Christmas gift, the one that preceded them all. The aromatic resin became embedded in Christmas tradition when, according to the apostle Matthew, the Biblical Magi brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold to a Bethlehem nativity.  Read More »
How to Photograph Plants in Winter Interested in taking photographs of your garden this winter? Here are 5 tips from garden photographer Karen Bell about how to best capture your plants in all of their snowy glory. If you're near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, check out her photography classes starting in February 2014. Read More »
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How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Tips to ensure your garden has a peaceful winter sleep with the help from three essential books from Timber Press, you can treat your garden to a restful winter slumber, and it will awaken healthy and fresh for a new season. Read More »
Visit a Topiary Time Piece After an anonymous one million dollar donation, the gardens at Lotusland will continue to thrive the way Madame Ganna Walska dreamed when she created this topiary fantasyland, which includes a 25-foot floral clock, on her Santa Barbara, Calif. estate back in 1955. Read More »
Related Topics: California | estates | public garden | Topiary
Botanic Notables: The Poinsettia Did you know December 12th is Poinsettia Day? A Christmas favorite, this plant made its way to the United States back in 1826 and has been growing popular ever since. With media placement and the ability to cultivate a sturdy variety of "the Christmas flower", the Eckes family shares some of that history with Garden Design.  Read More »
Garland Revisited: Fresh, Fun and Full If you’re a last minute decorator, garland is your new best friend. Get that fresh smell and holiday appearance in a flash for your mantel, tabletop, bannister and more. We asked the experts what’s new with garland. Take your cues from their tips for instant décor that makes a real statement. Read More »
 My Garden: An Ever-Changing Therapy Garden In 2001, Sue Ingram’s world was rocked. Her husband was admitted to the hospital in a near coma from diabetes, an event which was to have lifelong implications for his health. To find peace through her pain, and to create a place of rest and revival to help him heal, she turned to gardening on her Kennewick, Washington property. Read More »
Celebrate the Nature of Christmas at Biltmore The holiday season comes alive with “The Nature of Christmas”, the 2013 theme at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We talk with the designers behind this year-long project and take a tour through the grandest of rooms. Read More »
Related Topics: christmas | Design | estates | Floral Design
My Garden: Bed, Breakfast, and Beautiful Gardens A visit to Sea Cliff Gardens B&B in Port Angeles, Wash., is literally like stepping into a painting. Strolling through the grounds among lush evergreens and rolling lawns, you’ll follow a flagstone walkway through a shaded woodland garden carpeted with primrose, hostas, hellebores, wood poppies and sweet alyssum. A waterfront rose garden with pink Adirondack benches overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, toward the shores of Victoria, British Columbia. Over 100 blooming rhododendrons ... Read More »
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