If you're curious about how people develop snowdrop mania, we've compiled a list of articles about the people, the societies, and the culture behind the madness. Links include a first-person tale from the man who sold a snowdrop for almost $600 this year (on eBay, natch), a gathering of the 'Immortals' among the snowdrop collectors, and photos of Hitch Lyman's astounding American collection of snowdrops.
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, she takes us to the peony farms of Washington State, highlighting these majestic blooms and pairs the flowers with garden roses for arrangements and bouquets that are the delight of every summer bride.
A weed-covered lot in Southern California, owned by Caltrans, is completely redone by a couple who live adjacent to the garden, complete with native varieties, a citrus grove, and hundreds of new plants, creating a Mediterranean idyll.
Our final What Makes a House a Home column is from photographers and brand-new parents Gemma and Andrew Ingalls. You've seen their photography in GARDEN DESIGN magazine (including on our November/December cover) and we're thrilled to share their apartment and magnificent houseplants with you.
Paula Hayes, the terrarium artist, currently has an exhibit of two of her large-scale works at Lever House, in New York, running until February. She will also has a monograph of her work published in April 2012.
Written by French botanists who explored North American forests in the late 1700s, The North American Sylva is a monumental work with masterful illustrations and extensive botanic profiles. The book would help France reforest its post-war countryside, and become a landmark in North American forestry. Today, it remains readable and interesting—certainly a work of evergreen value.