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Book Review: Garden Source

While on assignment for the likes of House & Garden and National Geographic over the past 20 years, photographer Andrea Jones has been lucky enough to set foot in many of the world’s finest gardens.

Botanic Notables: Plants of The Hunger Games

In anticipation of Mockingjay opening in theaters this Friday, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy.

A Garden ‘Gone Berserk’

With an eclectic mix of banana plants, flowering kale and cabbage, elephant ears, dusty millers, and hostas, author Roger De Muth’s New York garden was once a hobby, but has blossomed into a beautiful obsession. His book, A Hobby Gone Berserk, not only showcases his photography, illustrations, and design, but also shows that gardening rules are made to be broken.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: Breaking Out of the Raised-Bed Box

Growing your own vegetables in your garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Author Niki Jabbour explores how to grow an edible garden without sacrificing garden aesthetics in her new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens.

Giving Thanks for Winter Squash

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.

Eddie Zaratsian: A Floral Feast for the Soul

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.

Hamptons Gardens

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.

Harry Potter Herbology 101

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!

Q&A With Piet Oudolf

Our Q&A with well-known garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose new book Landscapes in Landscapes, has just been published.

Nests and the Birds That Built Them

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.

An Artist Takes a Creative Approach to Garden Design

Love at first sight is what potter and artist Robin Hopper experienced when he came across a property that he describes as a “mass of misery” 35 years ago. Now lovingly described as “Anglojapanadian,” his property now boasts a family home, art gallery, showroom, and 2.5 acre garden that attracts visitors from around the globe for its strong Japanese and Canadian influences.

Ken Druse's Inspiration Book

Ken Druse puts together "recipes" for your garden-whether you are looking for a Midwest prairie, a collage of trailing vines, a woodland nook, or a night-blooming palette-showing what to plant for each theme.

5 Strange Plants

From the authors of Bizarre Botanicals, here are some creepy plants to try for Halloween.

Rick Darke's American Woodland Garden

In The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, Darke introduced the idea of observing a natural area repeatedly in search of design inspiration.

Power of Gardens by Nancy Goslee Power

The Power of Gardens, is a joyful record compiling Power's own words with photos, plans and sketches from 25 years of her firm's best gardens.

Sanchez & Maddux: The Civilized Jungle

Explore a variety of Sanchez & Maddux residential landscapes from their book, The Civilized Jungle.

John Greenlee's American Meadow Garden

The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn (Timber Press) teaches you how to replace your lawn with a meadow.

Antique Mystique

Israel is the author of Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 1999), which remains a go-to source on the subject, and recently published A Guide to Buying Antique Garden Ornament, which neatly outlines the do’s and don’ts of collecting fine garden wares.

Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens

Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens (Monacelli, $65), features properties festooned with retractable glass walls, artfully placed boulders, and re-engineered waterways.

Victorian Gardens in Print

Discover five books about Victorian gardens, the fern craze and more.

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