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April 13th marked the 271st birthday of the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello in Charlottsville, Virginia—Jefferson’s bountiful gardens, which he tended with famous enthusiasm—is still shared with the public today.  On Monday, April 28th, Monticello will be hosting a garden party with celebrated landscape architect and author Thomas Woltz. Drawing on his work at Monticello, Woltz will speak about how modern design methods can improve ecology and reveal cultural and historic landscapes.

Succulents and cacti rank as extremely popular topics on our Facebook page, which led us to this slideshow of the home and gardens of artists Roy Dowell and Lari Pittman. With their home in the foothills of Los Angeles, cacti and succulents flourish, which is why we’ve included tips on how to care for these favored botanicals. 

A French provincial garden is created when the new owners of a 1920s Texas home undertake the restoration of their unkept property.

 

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Debra Yates and Benjamin Burle of Debra Yates Great Space, Inc. in the Florida Keys use brilliantly colorful garden walls and sculptural plants against a neutral backdrop for a lush, lively take on modernism. Here, they share six tips on how they achieve their signature look.

 

Take a visual stroll through this unusual landscape to see what innovative designers achieve when faced with a huge arid site surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.

 

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Paul Keyes, a member of our Garden Design Advisory Board and a landscape architect, writes about how a PBS documentary about Philip Johnson ended up serving as a lifelong inspiration for him in his work. (Above, Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.)

Esteemed landscape architect Laurie Olin, whose studio creates outdoor spaces throughout the world, has done some of his finest work in his home base of Philadelphia. His latest at-home project is the garden at the “new” Barnes Foundation, an art and horticulture institution that was recently moved from its original property in Merion, PA to its current site in downtown Philadelphia. 
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A team of scientists & a photographer recently climbed all the largest trees in Sequoia National Forest and discovered that the forest's older trees produce more new wood than their younger neighbors—that is to say, as some trees age, their rate of growth actually increases. They took lots of measurements and some gorgeous photographs.
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10 residential landscapes, honored in a competition in landscape architecture by the James Rose Center.
On the shore of Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, these pieces of "art" take root. 
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