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.

The Weekly Notebook

Gardens Aglow at the Holidays To celebrate the season, botanic gardens and conservatories decorate their collections with lights, ribbons, and sculptures. From Washington's glowing grapes to Nevada's illuminated cacti, gardens feature their emblematic plants as well as the always-lovely poinsettia.  Read More »
New Living Wall Planters: Less Wool-Like But More Woolly Than Ever Woolly Pocket, the DIY, consumer-friendly system for gardening vertically, recently unveiled its new Living Wall Planter. Read More »
Mistletoe: Lover, Fighter, Forest Savior  When hung over a threshold at Christmastime, a sprig of mistletoe is a matchmaker; in the wild, the plant is a parasite known as the "thief of trees." Now, thanks to a recent study in Australia, mistletoe has a new reputation: forest savior. Field research indicates it's actually a beneficial plant, critical to a healthy ecosystem.  Read More »
Wild Side For California painter Tucker Nichols, a passion for plants runs in the family.  Read More »
Related Topics: painting | Tucker Nichols
A Fruit Revival: The Marshall Strawberry The Marshall strawberry: A bit of horticulture history that would make a great gift! Once abundant in the Pacific Northwest and praised as "the finest eating strawberry in America," the Marshall strawberry is today very rare. Now an artist in Indiana has begun an effort to revive the berry, offering starter plants in hand-sewn containers.   Read More »
Let it Snow Is it too soon to get excited for snowdrops? Maybe, but we found an amazing new book on galanthus that makes us excited for snow to come and then melt. Read More »
Related Topics: snowdrops
Eastern Inspiration An exhibition of paintings of Chinese gardens from the 11th through 17th centuries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Read More »
Related Topics: Chinese gardens | painting
Links We Love 12/10/2012 A kiosk built from a single tree; a green restaurant in Harlem; a new parklet for San Francisco. Read More »
Related Topics: links we love
5 Weeks of Woolly Suprises From Woolly Pocket This Holiday season, Woolly Pocket is having five weeks of Woolly surprises for the holidays. Every Monday, they are unwrapping a present to reveal a sweet deal, up to 25% off Pockets. Deck your walls with the new Living Wall Planters or with Wallys, and start having fun with plants! Read More »
Art & Botany: Surreal Portraits in Fruits & Vegetables Photographer Klaus Enrique has revived a Renaissance classic: the surreal botanical portraits of 16th-century Milanese painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo—now, rendered through the lens, not the brush. A modern perspective gives the work new meaning: rather than "From what far off land did that gourd arrive?" we ask "Is that a hybrid or an heirloom?" Instead of "The painter is nuts," we think "The photographer must eat very healthy."  Read More »
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