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Marg Helgenberger, longtime star of CSI, gives her classic Los Angeles garden a second life as a glamorous Mediterranean-style retreat with plenty of space and style for backyard entertaining.
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Contemporary Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger hung flowers, seeds, and branches in a 17th-century church in Venice as part of the 50th Venice Biennale. They called it Falling Garden, a world in which visitors lie in repose on the mausoleum floor, while "the garden thinks for them." 
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Stan Bitters is a pioneer of the organic modernist craft movement in the 1960s. A look at some of his birdhouses, planters, and fountains that have decorated California gardens over the years.
Exquisite new blooms from the land of the rising sun. 
When it comes to design—as long as your roof can bear the load of furniture, foot traffic, and plantings—the sky’s the limit
In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its second post provides tips on how to build an urban garden.  
Esteemed landscape architect Laurie Olin, whose studio creates outdoor spaces throughout the world, has done some of his finest work in his home base of Philadelphia. His latest at-home project is the garden at the “new” Barnes Foundation, an art and horticulture institution that was recently moved from its original property in Merion, PA to its current site in downtown Philadelphia. 
A bit of knowledge goes a long way when it comes to buying a garden ornament; read our Q&A with garden antique expert, Barbara Israel, for some tips. 

 

How do the armchair travelers among us create Michael Trapp’s Old World mash-up look in our own gardens without devolving into mishmash? Give the space some structure, Trapp suggests. “Keep clean lines and have some formality,” he advises, “and soften with plant material.” While adhering to that underlying layout, feel free to add architectural elements, like old stone edging or columns, or purchase a few antique pieces like a teak garden bench. Don’t be afraid to mix indoor décor, such as cushions and textiles, with outdoor furniture.

Trapp’s own store is a great resource for antiques, but he also recommends retailers like Target, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn for affordable, more contemporary accessories. “They carry a younger mix of items that pair well with older pieces,” he says. Take a look at the accents and furnishings that make Michael Trapp's home and garden a curious place.

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The Marshall strawberry: A bit of horticulture history that would make a great gift! Once abundant in the Pacific Northwest and praised as "the finest eating strawberry in America," the Marshall strawberry is today very rare. Now an artist in Indiana has begun an effort to revive the berry, offering starter plants in hand-sewn containers.  
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