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Long overlooked, gravel is finally being recognized for its enduring beauty.
Among the valleys and foothills in Israel's Negev desert is a plant that can water itself, in a manner of speaking. The desert rhubarb (Rheum palaestinum) is the only known desert-dwelling species to have evolved a self-irrigating mechanism.  
A photo tour of a Los Angeles house and garden transformed by design firm Commune, bringing together the home's outdoor and indoor spaces together in a relaxed and comfortable style.
A thoughtful collaboration between Stahl Architects and Land Elements produces a landscape that celebrates old and new, in Fargo, North Dakota.  
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Mulch: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. We discuss it all.

 

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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.
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