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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.
Our Q&A with well-known garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose new book Landscapes in Landscapes, has just been published.
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Our pick for Mother's Day gifts: Books, dishes, vases, and a compost container!
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Sharon Beals photographed fifty birds' nests in vivid detail, giving us a glimpse into a beautiful and architectual world. Plus: Accompanying illustrations of the nests' avian makers.
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True Life: Steven Harris Architects, from Princeton Architectual Press, is a retrospective that covers Steven Harris Architects' first twenty-five years. The firm has long made landscape design an integral part of its work, with its in-house landscape unit spun off four years ago as Rees Roberts + Partners. Our review of the book, with a look at three inside spreads.
Published in 1847, Les Fleurs Animées imagines a world where the flowers reclaim the meanings bestowed upon them by a covetous Victorian audience, and become actresses in their own drama. In J.J. Grandville's engraved illustrations, an exotic Lady Tulip bewitches, while fair young Forget-Me-Not mourns her loneliness.
Edward Gorey's The Evil Garden (Pomegranate, March 2011) is a cautionary tale for botanic enthusiasts everywhere: Beckoned by the delights of a lush, enticing garden, a family traipses through nature's alluring gate toward the promise of a flowering sanctuary. But any notions of floral delights are replaced with grave encounters when the plants turn bad.
The landmark work of British botanist Anna Atkins paved the way for a new field of botanic photography.
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The items on our Christmas wish list are up for grabs to our newsletter recipients! Each day between December 11 and December 22, one of our newsletter subscribers will win a great prize we wish we had. All you need to do is sign up for our free weekly newsletter to be entered to win!
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