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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.
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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!
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Did you know December 12th is Poinsettia Day? A Christmas favorite, this plant made its way to the United States back in 1826 and has been growing popular ever since. With media placement and the ability to cultivate a sturdy variety of "the Christmas flower", the Eckes family shares some of that history with Garden Design. 
If you’re a last minute decorator, garland is your new best friend. Get that fresh smell and holiday appearance in a flash for your mantel, tabletop, bannister and more. We asked the experts what’s new with garland. Take your cues from their tips for instant décor that makes a real statement.
Make your outdoor space merry and bright with a twist on tradition this year. We teamed up with ShopBoxhill.com to curate a collection of contemporary outdoor products for conversation pieces you won’t want to pack away when the holidays are over.
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During a time when there wasn’t a Whole Foods or local farmers market to ensure your holiday meal, chance gardeners of the 17th century began to count on winter squash, the “vegetable marrow” of their time for their survival. 
When leaves rustle and the wind howls, pumpkins become a favored medium for many artists. This gallery features artists with very diverse backgrounds—a musician, a sculptor, a forensic artist, and a farmer—and designs with equally different aesthetics, including pumpkins with flowers, pumpkins with dead musicians, and pumpkins with NYC pride. Check out these elaborate pumpkin carvings from six carvers—they're inspiring, scary, funny, and beautiful!
To celebrate the season, botanic gardens and conservatories decorate their collections with lights, ribbons, and sculptures. From Washington's glowing grapes to Nevada's illuminated cacti, gardens feature their emblematic plants as well as the always-lovely poinsettia. 
Ideas from Marigold and Mint about how to make a modern arrangement for mom with cheerful muscari and poppies. Plus: Tips for growing and harvesting muscari for arrangements.

Looking for a new blossom for your Easter vases? How about a lily with three times as many petals as traditional Liliums? Designed primarily for the cut flower market, Roselilies have some very unique attributes: an absence of pollen, a lighter fragrance, and a very long vase life. Check your local florist for two varieties ('Belonica' and 'Fabiola'); the others will be available later in 2012 and 2013. 

 

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