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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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An origami house, light art in Finland, downed trees in the New York Botanical Garden, and more in today’s Links We Love.
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An architecture firm in London has won the city's Green Ideas Competition with a proposal to transform an abandoned underground tunnel into a pedestrian-friendly mushroom garden.
A tiny, inedible berry with long-lasting iridescence has been awarded the superlative title of Brightest Living Thing on Earth.
Photographs of Allt-y-bela, Arne Maynard's home in Usk, south Wales. Maynard, one of the UK's top garden designers, has combined elements of romantic English manor style with pared-down beauty that complements the site's rustic 15th-century farmhouse.  
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Known for designing elaborate gardens, Arne Maynard takes a pared-down approach at Allt-y-bela, his rustic home in Wales.
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As inspiration during the winter months while your garden sleeps and you prepare for spring, here are photos from the 2012 RHS Chelsea Garden Show's exhibit of "Artisan Retreats"—gorgeous garden sheds that bring the outside in, without even leaving the garden.
A new species of monkey flower has been found growing on the banks of a stream in Scotland. But it is no ordinary discovery—the flower is a rare hybrid of two foreign species, and a glimpse into evolution in action. 
A balloon bridge, DIY gold planters, tropical fruits in the Golden State, beeswax and graphite drawings, and more in today’s Links We Love.
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Poppies are a remembrance flower, symbolizing the sacrifice of veterans, as well as post-war regeneration and hope. With their tendency to thrive in disturbed & ravaged land, poppies would frequently fill European battlefields, but it wasn't until the 1915 publication of "In Flanders Fields," an oft-quoted poem written from the World War I battlefield, that the flower became an emblem of war. 
Photographer Edward Steichen was also a delphinium breeder. In 1936, New York's MoMA hosted an exhibit of new varieties that the artist had hybridized on his 10-acre farm in Connecticut. 
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