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A human touch inhabits the sweeping gestures of the British landscape designer Jinny Blom:

 

"Take risks. If someone tells you something is impossible, see if you can do it. Gardening is a knife edge between disaster and serendipity."

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Rebecca Burgess's Fibershed challenge—to wear clothes that are farmed, created, and dyed with materials made within 150 miles of her front door—takes the idea of living locally and buying American to a whole new level. We report on her project, including her garden of indigo plants grown to create natural blue dyes.
The Temple of Flora is perhaps the most famous florilegium or book of flowers from the golden age of botanical illustration. It's a charming collection of deliberately idiosyncratic flower portraits that became the portrait of a nation.
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.
A South Korean artist uses ceramics and concrete, coated with layers of glaze, to create unusual stools, benches (above), and other pieces of luminous indoor/outdoor pieces that double as art and furniture. His work is on display in New York through the end of April.
"Nothing stops a bullet like a job," is the motto of Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles–based gang-intervention organization. Homegirl Cafe, started in 2005 and an off-shoot of Homeboy Industries, has a farm-to-kitchen training program, helping former gang members and other at-risk youth by providing gardening and cooking jobs.
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For the last forty years, landscape architects in Brussels have installed a colorful public exhibit—an enormous carpet of begonias on the cobblestone square at Grand-Palace. This year's inaguration will be on August 15th, and the begonias will be on display through the 19th. 
A photo gallery of Manitoga's 75-acre property; and the work of restoring this woodland masterpiece. 
South of the famous Ipanema Beaches, set among Rio's hills in the town of Laranjeiras, this garden is a private party enclave
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Two New Yorkers go in search of seclusion — and wind up finding it in a see-through house
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