See how several designers artfully incorporate fire into landscapes to create relaxing outdoor retreats that are perfect for cozy autumn nights!

Seen close up and in isolation from the rest of the plant, bark invites comparison to abstract art, providing texture and pattern all year.
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.

The Weekly Notebook

Dec
12
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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 »
Dec
11
12:23pm
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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 »
Dec
09
04:00pm
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 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 »
Dec
06
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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
Dec
04
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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 »
Dec
02
08:31am
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Event: Hugo França at the Fairchild Botanic Garden ~ Dec. 1 thru May 31 Brazilian artist Hugo França can see form and texture in the remnants of once living trees. His hand crafted accents and furniture evoke the essential beauty of well seasoned burl and exotic wood grain. There's no better place to experience such natural creativity than at the Fairchild Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Here the artist and the Garden are committed to fostering sustainability and promoting conservational awareness. Read More »
Related Topics: botanical garden | exhibit | Garden Event | Trees | Visit
Nov
29
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Modern & Merry: A Versatile Twist on Holiday Décor Make your outdoor space merry and bright with a twist on tradition this year. We teamed up with ShopBoxhill.com to curate a collection of contemporary outdoor products for conversation pieces you won’t want to pack away when the holidays are over. Read More »
Related Topics: classic | Decor | decorating | Furniture | holiday
Nov
27
04:12pm
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Giving Thanks for Winter Squash During a time when there wasn’t a Whole Foods or local farmers market to ensure your holiday meal, chance gardeners of the 17th century began to count on winter squash, the “vegetable marrow” of their time for their survival.  Read More »
Nov
25
03:18pm
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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
Nov
22
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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
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