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Before there was Instagram, there was the Claude glass—a small, tinted, convex mirror that was popular in the 18th century. Toted in artists' cases and tourists' pockets, the portable mirror offered a transformed view of the scenery that became popular with wealthy British vacationers—a world viewed through a Claude glass was a journey through ephemeral snapshots of softly-rendered nostalgia. 

 

 

 

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John G. Fairey, a flora collector with a rare eye for design, transformed a Texas landscape into the famed garden Peckerwood. His vision for Peckerwood, which includes a light-dappled woodland, several shimmering dry gardens, and a parklike arboretum, developed not gradually but in a transformative awakening during a trip to Mexico. This is the story of a plant man and his garden.

 

In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its first post is a handy one—tips on how to help revive a struggling garden. 
Love, marriage, and mycology.
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Deft design surprises, and an 80-year-old tale of local landscape rivalry, lurk beneath the cooly elegant facade of Sydney Baumgartner's Santa Barbara garden
Our favorite sources for mail order succulents, orchids, mosses, and other rare plants.
Designer Brook Klausing of Brook Landscape talks about how to mix indoor and outdoor furniture and shows off four of his recent projects, including the garden of Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew.
In this week's update about the James Beard garden renovation, we take a look at the major pruning of the birch tree in the garden and the important points to consider when working with an arborist.
A desert plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis is beloved among botanists who seek the very old and the very strange. It's a living fossil that survives in the desert, neither a typical succulent or a cactus, and neither a shrub nor a bush. It has been named a dwarf tree, and a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens once described it as "the most wonderful plant ever brought to this country, and the very ugliest."
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The ancient design of outdoor ovens fires a passion for fresh-baked pizza—here's everything you need to know about installing a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen. Add one to your garden and you'll never get delivery again. "I think of pizza as just a starting point now," says one pizza oven owner—read on to see what else he cooks in his outdoor oven.
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