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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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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. 
When Gene Bauer was the native flora chairman of California Garden Clubs in the 1970s, she made small booklets of silk-screened botanic illustrations and sent them to members. Made in limited editions of 50, her booklets are rare and collectible, though the artwork has been collected in a book, Botanical Serigraphs: The Gene Bauer Collection.
Experimentation and fun transform the aesthetics of green roofs.
Our Q&A with Judy Kameon about how she gets the party started in her quarter-acre garden, in Los Angeles. Plus: Our guide to recreating her garden's style at home.  
The past couple weeks, corpse flowers have been blooming at gardens across the country. Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arumflowers with the odor of a thousand toxic fumes, the height of two men, and draws crowds as large as any circus. The corpse flower may be most famous in the genus, but more than 170 species of Amorphophallus have been indentified, including a new one earlier this year, found in Madagascar's dry rocky soil.
London-based artist Zadok Ben-David makes flowers and trees out of cut metal, including his best-known pieces, which feature intricate flowers, modeled after Victorian illustrations.

 

Today's links include an ingenious planter that self-waters, tips for throwing an outdoor party, and the Freedom Garden in Louisiana. 
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.
Eminent California sculptor Stan Bitters finds a new audience for his timeless ceramics and sculptures, which have graced California's Nut Tree restaurant and the Palm Springs Ace Hotel.
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