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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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As Valentine’s Day approaches, we decided to combine the love of gardening with the love of thoughtful gifts, and have found 12 garden-inspired treasures sure to make your heart flutter, and perhaps even entice you to forward your wish list to your Valentine.
Related Topics: Ideas | gift ideas | gifts | holiday | Valentine's Day
Wanting to create a garden with native plants to support and invite wildlife, Michael Farndale of Bothell, Wash. transforms his “old school” grassy front yard into a thriving Zen-like retreat which requires minimum work, all while offering an array of plants, meditation space, and a sculptural fountain to be enjoyed virtually year round.
Related Topics: Ideas | my garden | pacific northwest | plants
Many gardeners dream of taking their passion and turning it into a business, and over the years that is exactly what Lorraine and RJ Roberts of Caledon, Ontario did. When they purchased their 24-acre property in 1999, there were no gardens at all – just trees, grass, and a house. Season by season, they grew thousands of perennials and established new beds until Plant Paradise Country Gardens, an organic botanical garden and perennial nursery, was born.
Related Topics: Ideas | Canada | flower gardens | my garden | Perennials
Healing can be a delicate endeavor, finding a space to be able to reflect and recover was what landscape designer Claire Jones was tasked with when creating a garden labyrinth that would provide a private area for meditation and personal transformation. Adding together natural elements of bluestone, a calming water feature, and a perching boulder is what would lead one Maryland couple down the path to healing.
Related Topics: Ideas | Design | Maryland | my garden | northeast

Making its home in a variety of climates, including your own garden or Northern Ireland, the purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) grows happily even in the harshest of climates, making it the only small flowering plant to survive one of the highest and coldest altitudes in the world - the arctic tundra of the Swiss Alps.

With season 4 of the hit series Downton Abbey premiering January 5th, fans continue to tune in to the popular show about an Edwardian-era family & their estate. Filmed at Highclere Castle, a royal estate with a garden that dates to 1218, today the garden retains the aesthetic of its most famous designer—Lancelot Capability Brown, a preeminent British landscape architect who championed rolling meadows and natural overgrowth.
Ring in the New Year with some great garden ideas from our top 10 favorite Pinterest boards. Be inspired by the beauty and usefulness of well-designed outdoor spaces from our own boards and others we love.
Related Topics: Ideas | Garden Inspiration
Connecting the ancient world with 21st century garden design, relics of the time such as rustic urns and pots can bring the romance of the ancient world into your garden.

 

Are you watching the Tournament of Roses Parade this New Year’s Day? More than 30,000 flowers are used to decorate a single float in a matter of six days, and we wanted to know more about them! We went behind-the-scenes with Tim Estes, president of Fiesta Parade Floats, to find out just how all those flowers get selected and arranged. You’ll be amazed at some of the details he shared with us!
Related Topics: Ideas | Design | Floral Design | Flowers | holiday
Every December has its hard-to-find treasure—a toy or game that captures the zeitgeist and flies off the shelves. In the past several years, one holiday symbol has become increasingly scarce: Frankincense, the original Christmas gift, the one that preceded them all. The aromatic resin became embedded in Christmas tradition when, according to the apostle Matthew, the Biblical Magi brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold to a Bethlehem nativity. 
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