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This magnificent rose garden was created on the site of a family olive grove, which has been owned by the same family for half a century. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, this olive grove was originally developed by the railroads, before recently being transformed into orange groves.
Renaissance artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo painted a surreal version of a still-life, by creating portraits that portrayed the face of the cognoscenti—through its table, gardens, and natural world. 
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.
With spring bringing flowers aplenty, gardeners again have the pleasure of readily available blooms begging to be brought indoors. Two books—The Natural Home and Bringing Nature Home—remind us that living with nature in the house takes many forms.
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. 
Costa Farms gardening expert, Justin Hancock shares valuable design tips for selecting and planting perennials and ideal companion plants.  Because they come back year after year, require little watering, are long-blooming, and offer a variety of textures, shapes and colors, Hancock says perennials are the backbone of any beautiful garden. He suggests starting with these five beautiful, easy-care perennials to instantly transform any garden.
One of 22 varieties in the Celebrette Series, ‘Coral Light’ has a kickin’ combination of large coral flowers hovering over dark-edged foliage midstriped with a blaze of more coral. Needs some shade, but laughs at heat and humidity. Grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide. Annual.  simplybeautifulgardens.com
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates 100 years while relocating and expanding its Herb Garden
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Our reader Thomas Hägg gives us a tour of his half-acre Swedish garden, located at the tip of a peninsula in the northern Stockholm archipelago, near Öregrund, an old fishing village.
Dorothy Biddle was a pioneer in the world of American flower arranging, traveling around the country by bus and train from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, encouraging Americans everywhere to grow and arrange their own flowers. Her legacy lives on today in her company, Dorothy Biddle Service, run by her granddaughter, which continues to sell flower arranging supplies—now on the Internet.
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