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Although they won’t debut until September, we got an exclusive preview of two 2013 blooms from British hybridizer David Austin Roses. ‘England’s Rose’ (left) and ‘Queen Anne’ took their time to achieve perfection; David Austin began the hybridization process a decade ago.
Free concert at the MoMA, the world’s longest bench, tips to create a great potting room, and more on today’s Links We Love!

 

A castle in Italy sets the scene of a pastoral estate with enchanting gardens where time stands still
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Developed between 1930 and 1950, the organically maintained gardens at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in Houston are nationally recognized as among the most significant in the South
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In Natick, Massachusetts, seventeen miles west of Boston, Joyce Ahlgren Hannaford has created a garden that is a neighborhood landmark. She shares photos of her garden with us, along with the very personal associations her garden has for her, with plants and landscaping features that serve as memories of her friends, family, and past homes.
There are many ways to see the rhododendron in its full splendor, including botanical gardens and specialty nurseries.  Here are five great gardens to see the flowers in bloom.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House with a stylized motif of the flower, which grow alongside the Los Angeles landmark building. The effect is a beautiful symmetry of architecture and nature, with a surprising unity of character: somehow, the concrete hollyhocks look no less elegant than the living flowers reflected beneath them.
Biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel introduced the term "ecology," and pursued his study of the natural world with a scientist's rigor and an artist's philosophy. He traveled around the world to find botanic specimens and illustrated them as perfect forms and unifying patterns. 
Amy Merrick, a Brooklyn-based florist and stylist (you might recognize her name from her popular "Living-In" posts for Design*Sponge) shares with us how she packs her Brooklyn apartment with flowers and plants, keeping herself surrounded with nature, even in the middle of the city. Check out the photographs of her plant-filled home!
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. 
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