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An 800-year old cypress tree grows in the cloister of a hilltop Franciscan convent in Italy; legend says that Saint Francis planted the tree from his own walking staff. 
Photographer Lori Nix builds a post-apocalyptic city, in which human inhabitants have retreated, and nature has begun to creep in. We ask the artist about the plants that are reclaiming these transformed urban spaces.
Near Cape Town, a farmstead hotel restores gardens and spirits. 
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Terrain at Styers, the nursery and furnishings store owned by the same company that started Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, in suburban Philadelphia, is scheduled to open a new store in Westport, Connecticut, next month. 
In mid-20th-century Sri Lanka, two siblings—the Brothers Bawa—took their own inimitable paths to redefining the tropical garden. This is their story.
Artist and florist Livia Cettis authentic artifice results in charming paper flowers and foliage, which are available for sale.

 

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Re-growing your own celery, mirrored vases to show off one special flower stem, $6,000 melons, and more in today's Links We Love. 
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German artist Cornelia Konrads uses organic objects such as stones, sticks, and logs to build installations that are both natural and surreal. In her work, movement is a promise withheld.
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How putting succulents in the pond and snapping up the local nurserys ugliest trees yielded a pitch-perfect paradise.
Iraqi Kurdistan, a region in northern Mesopotamia, is home to mountains, steppes, and pastures that were part of the Fertile Crescent: the birthplace of agriculture—and, indeed, civilization. There, ancient farmers nurtured a wealth of crops that would become staples throughout the world. Today, after years of wars and sanctions, Kurdistan is reengaging its land. As it negotiates the challenges of a new era, native plants and crops remain a defining feature of the landscape and people—how long can the agricultural heritage last?
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