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The Temple of Flora is perhaps the most famous florilegium or book of flowers from the golden age of botanical illustration. It's a charming collection of deliberately idiosyncratic flower portraits that became the portrait of a nation.
When Hollywood stars hire Eddie Zaratsian, they know this renowned botanical artist with his generous, magnetic personality will create a powerful reflection of his clients' personal style and preferences.  Check out his inspiring work below, including some images from his new book, Eddie Zaratsian: Custom Florals and Lifestyle
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From the restored beauty of Grey Gardens to the minimalist designs of landscape designer Edwina von Gal, Hamptons Gardens showcases the best of the good life.
Dorothy Biddle was a pioneer in the world of American flower arranging, traveling around the country by bus and train from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, encouraging Americans everywhere to grow and arrange their own flowers. Her legacy lives on today in her company, Dorothy Biddle Service, run by her granddaughter, which continues to sell flower arranging supplies—now on the Internet.
Flower Frogs for Collectors is exactly what its name describes: a collection of photos of flower frogs, for collectors. One collector—who has about a hundred—even uses a frog as a toothbrush holder.
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A curmudgeonly traveler, Marianne North went around the world—twice! alone!—during the Victorian era, armed with a parasol and an easel, determined to paint as many of the world's plants as possible.  The result, some 800 paintings of flora, many of which were unknown to European audiences, are on display at Kew Gardens, and her travel writings have been gathered in a new book, Abundant Beauty. We take a look at the life of this remarkable woman.
Did you know that some of the plants in Harry Potter are based on real plants? We take a look at some of the crazy plants that Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the Hogwarts gang have come across in their seven volumes (and eight films) of adventures!
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Zucchini is a bumper crop for almost every gardener who chooses to grow it. In today's From Garden to Table column, Katie Mendelson shares a recipe for zucchini bread from the Morning Glory Farm cookbook, a book that grew out of a favorite farm stand on Martha's Vineyard, which is an institution on the island, beloved for its fresh vegetables.
In our new column, we cook local bounty that's in season. Today, Katie Mendelson writes about Mark Diacono's The Food Lover's Garden, where he argues that "Life is too short to grow ordinary food," and shares the recipe for Diacono's Strawberry Scones.
Matt Ritter, the author of A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us, and a botany professor, talks about the difference between the cultivated and invasive trees, which trees are taking over California, and why poor neighborhoods seem to have fewer types of trees.
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