Get an intimate look at plant hunter Daniel J. Hinkley’s personal six-and-a-half acre garden in Washington.   
This waterwise garden of mostly cacti, succulents, olive trees, and pepper trees can endure the heat without watering. 
There are eight main classes of begonia, encompassing all manner of size, color, and shape of flower and leaf.

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Philadelphia: Nature-Inspired Outdoor Murals Enjoy these vivid images of some of Philadelphia’s most vibrant murals adorning both public and private spaces as part of the city’s Mural Arts program. Read More »
Related Topics: art | northeast | Philadelphia
My Garden: A Garden for Misfit Plants Ever wonder where the leftover or unwanted plants of a design go to pasture? Many of these plants find their way to designer Anna Brooks' Michigan garden, where it’s ok to be a misfit. Read More »
Related Topics: Designers | Midwest | my garden | plants
My Garden: A Bit of Japan in the Netherlands A penchant for growing Bonsai trees inspires gardener Ramon Smit to create a full-scale Japanese garden Read More »
Related Topics: bonsai | Japanese | my garden | Netherlands
Italy: Green Terrace Roof Garden When landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern residential building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing screens for backgrounds and privacy. This space features a dozen great ideas for adding warmth and contrast to cold hard surfaces. Read More »
Related Topics: Italy | Rooftop garden
Botanic Notables: Quintessentially Mediterranean Quercus They're native to the Mediterranean, but for thousands of years Quercus suber, the cork oak has been an orchard tree in Spain and Portugal. It's easy to identify by the thick, deeply fissured, spongy bark which is the source of wine corks. The cork bark builds up over time to a layer up to a foot thick, then it's stripped away for harvest every ten years. Read More »
Vertical Gardens: Slide Show More than 2,000 people “liked” this image on Facebook this weekend. Here’s a look at ten more vertical gardens around the world. Is there a great vertical garden near you? Read More »
Related Topics: Flora Grubb | Vertical Gardens
Arrangements for All Seasons When you think of floral arranging like cooking, the recipes and flavors are endless. Here’s a recipe for a bountiful and beautiful autumn arrangement from an easy-to-use cookbook of floral design. Read More »
Explore a Tropical Paradise See an amazing collection of palm trees, exotic flowering plants and vines, and lush rain forests at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Read More »
Related Topics: Botanic Gardens | Florida
Let there be Night Daylight saving time may bring an early nightfall, but new lighting techniques and technology transform the great outdoors after dark.  Read More »
Related Topics: landscaping | Lighting
No Duds, Please: Getting Great Fall Color Trees Landscape designer Maureen Gilmer shares tips for selecting trees with bright autumn colors. Learn how to ensure impressive fall color no matter your climate.  Read More »
Related Topics: fall | fall color | Trees
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