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The city of Yonkers, New York, is unearthing a garden from New York’s golden age—the grand Persian gardens of Samuel Untermyer, overlooking the Hudson River. The story of how an architect and a horticulturist are working on clearing 70 years of brush and hoping to make the Untermyer Gardens one of the greatest public gardens in America. 
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We wish we were at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which opened today and runs through May 26, 2012, but in lieu of attending, we have a round-up of links about the show, which always features many varieties of gardens, including Cleve West's Best in Show (above), visiting royals, new plants, and more. Plus, why you should consider visiting the Chelsea Fringe Festival (which has a bicycling beer garden!) if you're already in London.  
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Passion flowers are blooming! A genus of about 500 species of vines (and the occasional shrub), Passiflora flowers are distinguished by a characteristic design of radiating filaments and multi-leveled structure. They've long fascinated botanists, gardeners, and even theologians. We've designed a brief primer of several common features—the flower's morphology, and how it gave the plant its name.

 

Glass gem corn was bred years ago by a part-Cherokee farmer and master seed-saver. Yes, it's real, and, as an heirloom, its seeds will grow true. Today, glass gem corn seeds are saved at Seeds Trust, who anticipate more available next month. Glass gem is an extreme iteration of corn's natural tendency towards different-colored kernels, as each kernel has its unique genetic set for color and size. 
Chrysanthemum, meet Le Corbusier: architecturally-inspired designs from a Miami event planner
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Washington-based firm details the steps for quarrying and creating custom projects
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Jim Martinez has been creating water-wise, environmentally friendly gardens in Dallas and Marfa, Texas for more than 30 years. He picks seven of his favorite plants to grow in desert regions, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Attracting the birds and the bees with its puckered lips, the Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) wins our prize for best kisser.
Four great cocktail recipes using fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden to try.
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