In a small town in Southeast Asia, women use lotus flower fiber to weave a very rare and very expensive fabric. Originally meant for monks, the fabric is now being used by Italian fashion house Loro Piana, but the fabric remains banned in the United States. We take a look at how this sacred plant was transformed into a $5,600 jacket.
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.
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.