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The story and photographs of one reader's winter garden in Petaluma, California.
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Painted from specimens in Kew's Herbarium, Rachel Pedder-Smith's Herbarium Specimen Painting is an 18-foot masterpiece of botanic illustration, and a tapestry with hundreds of narratives that depict a history of plant evolution and scientific discovery. 
Photographer Honour Hiers collects plants near her home in Western North Carolina, then presses the specimens and photographs them on a light table with 4x5 chrome film. Highlighting a plant's translucency and texture, the beautiful photographs portray familiar species in new ways. She began the Film Herbarium intending to collect all 2600 plant species in the region; she's since expanded the project to include native and non-native plants in and around the state. 
Despite what the term implies, public spaces are often the most isolated spots of all. Two young designers—one from Korea and another from the Netherlands—are seeking to change this with interactive outdoor seating that encourages talking over texting.
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One of California's most impressive Ficus trees is in San Diego—like most figs, it is pollinated by symbiotic wasps that help make your harvest so sweet.
New leaves on this Indian bean tree emerge wine colored to chocolate, segueing to green in summer. White flowers are lavender-tinged. Though it can reach 40 to 50 feet tall and wide, it can be pruned hard to keep it shrubby. Zones 5-9. forestfarm.com
This outdoor kitchen designed by Raymond Jungles in a Coconut Grove, Florida, rooftop garden was made for entertaining
If you're interested in how to encourage native bee species to your backyard, here's our list of 4 native bees that are good for your garden and 3 stylish bee houses to help encourage orchard mason bees to visit and pollinate your plants.
Of all the root vegetables I grow, it is the potatoes that give me the biggest thrill at harvest time.  I love to stick my hands in the soil and retrieve the buried bounty, with a yield of eight to ten potatoes for every one that I plant.
Tom Kuntz and Jenny Rask hired the Los Angeles–based design firm Commune to transform their home and steep gardens into a series of discreet oases.
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