Ideas

Ideas
From our garden to yours, we share inspiration from around the world for gardens big and small.
This modern roof terrace in Italy is an oasis of relaxation designed by landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola
Now that it is past the autumnal equinox we begin to think of coziness and warmth as the days begin to get shorter and cooler.
From a “forest floor” to the canopy of trees, this secret outdoor room provides deep shades of green
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Looking for a gift idea for the arborist who has everything? Three years after its popular debut, a birdcage-shaped treehouse in a remote New Zealand redwood forest is for sale.
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Matilija poppies (Romneya coulteri) are fondly referred to as the fried egg flower, nicknamed for bleached-muslin petals and buttery yellow stamens. It's the largest poppy blossom, and the largest California native flower. Blooming begins in early May, and sweeps north along the west coast—the poppies are now still blooming in Oregon's summer sun. 
Free concert at the MoMA, the world’s longest bench, tips to create a great potting room, and more on today’s Links We Love!

 

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Four years ago, musician Nate Mendel bought a house in the Los Angeles hills surrounded by a scrappy lawn and a few big trees. Mendel felt certain it could be transformed into a welcoming home base. 
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Passion flowers are blooming! A genus of about 500 species of vines (and the occasional shrub), Passiflora flowers are distinguished by a characteristic design of radiating filaments and multi-leveled structure. They've long fascinated botanists, gardeners, and even theologians. We've designed a brief primer of several common features—the flower's morphology, and how it gave the plant its name.

 

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For the last forty years, landscape architects in Brussels have installed a colorful public exhibit—an enormous carpet of begonias on the cobblestone square at Grand-Palace. This year's inaguration will be on August 15th, and the begonias will be on display through the 19th. 
Artist Nic Bladen keeps plants alive forever.

 

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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.
Tips from Urban Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, recipes for summer vegetables, a pop-up library in Belgium, and more in today’s Links We Love. 
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Tagua (pronounced tog-wah) nuts, or "ivory of the rainforest," are a vegetable-based and sustainable alternative to elephant ivory. The seeds are hard and smooth, and easily carved and dyed. They were once used for military buttons, Victorian chess pieces, and dice. Today, tagua "vegetable ivory" is a popular material for jewelry and baubles. 
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