"Nothing stops a bullet like a job," is the motto of Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles–based gang-intervention organization. Homegirl Cafe, started in 2005 and an off-shoot of Homeboy Industries, has a farm-to-kitchen training program, helping former gang members and other at-risk youth by providing gardening and cooking jobs.
Common in alpine gardens, the purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) is a small flowering plant that has been discovered growing in record-setting grueling conditions, including the arctic tundra of the Swiss Alps, which is one of highest (and coldest) altitudes in the world.
Superstar gardener Ken Druse tells us about why he decided to create his latest book, Natural Companions, with images by his friend Ellen Hoverkamp and her flatbed scanner: "Soon after Ellen and I finished our book, Hurricane Irene churned through the Northeast, followed the next month by tropical storm Lee. A good deal of my garden was swept away. Now I have a record of things that used to be, and the book I wrote turned out to be a memory book."
Jardins, Jardin, Paris’ avant-garde garden show, is the anti-Chelsea—it ran over the weekend, from June 1 to June 3. A quick look from The Telegraph's deputy gardening editor, Joanna Fortnam, about why she loves this French garden party.
Dame Helen Mirren gets a new carnivorous plant named after her (left); First Lady Michelle Obama publishes her book about the White House Garden, American Grown; how to care for plants that have bloomed early this year; DIY sprouting jar; interview with the Moonrise Kingdom set designer; dyeing with plants from the new site Gardenista; and more!