At the Serpentine, a Show of Nature’s Healing Power

The climate crisis is inspiring — and requiring — new perspectives in thinking for the London gallery, starting with “Back to Earth.”

#art, #colombia, #elwha-river-wash, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #eno-brian, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #global-witness, #levees-and-dams, #london-england, #metzger-gustav-1926-2017, #obrist-hans-ulrich, #serpentine-galleries, #the-overstory-book

Extreme Weather Is Soaking New York City. Community Gardens Can Help.

Intense storms are on the rise, which probably means more flooding. Local green spaces are on the case.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenthumb, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-york-city-community-garden-coalition, #sewers-and-sewage

It’s Time to Slow Down and Appreciate Nature’s Tiny Marvels

Grab your iPhone: Andrew Brand wants to show you a side of your garden that you’ve never seen before (and how to photograph it).

#brand-andrew-j, #coastal-maine-botanical-gardens, #content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #photography, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

7 Tips for House Plant Care

If you are known to turn a lush house plant into a rotting carcass, here are a few expert tips for making greenery thrive.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #summer-season, #weeds

Yes, You Can Do Better Than the Great American Lawn

There are any number of ecologically friendly alternatives to that lawn you’re so proud of — and they look nice, too. Here’s how to start slowly.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #grass, #lawns, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living

Monarch Butterflies Are In Decline. I Wanted to Help.

This is the trouble with trying to help a natural world in so much peril. It’s never entirely clear when it’s right to intervene and when it’s wrong.

#butterflies-and-moths, #caterpillars, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects

Why Boxwood, a Perennial Favorite, Needs a New Approach

Nothing brings a sense of formality to a garden like boxwood. But thanks to common gardening practices, it’s vulnerable to disease.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Why Trillium Have Become the Poster Child for Endangered Native Plants

According to a recent report, many of these ‘charismatic’ wildflowers are threatened with extinction. Here’s what you can do to help.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Wondering How to Help Stop Climate Change? Do Less.

Every year we let more patches of our yard go wild, and every year more flowers appear in the uncut areas.

#environment, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #weeds

Why Your Garden Needs Mulch (Assuming You Do It Right)

Used correctly, mulch builds and improves your soil like nothing else. But don’t make these common mistakes.

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Meet the Hot New Houseplant

A new “It” plant is here, if you can keep it alive.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-storyline-no

Why You Should Plant a Garden That’s Wasp Friendly

Those wasps you hate? They’re the best organic pest control around. Here’s how to keep them happy (and avoid getting stung).

#bees, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #roach-margaret, #wasps-insects

New Rites of Spring

While we engage in the usual rituals of the changing season, we’re growing accustomed to spring cleaning our minds as well.

#dancing, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-storyline-no, #roach-margaret, #seasons-and-months

Why ‘Birding With a Purpose’ Is What You Should Do This Spring

Every 20 years, New York collects vital information about birds. And gardeners have an important role to play.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #birdwatching, #cornell-laboratory-of-ornithology, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Gardening Advice, Homelessness Solutions and Questions About Charter Schools

Readers weigh in.

#california, #charter-schools, #gardens-and-gardening, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

How to Grow Kale and Which Varieties to Choose

When it comes to kale, the organic farmers at Adaptive Seeds have a few things to teach you — and some versions of the familiar green that may not be so familiar.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #kale-vegetable, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

It’s Spring, So Get a Head Start on Your Outdoor Space

Warmer days are ahead so you need to start washing outdoor seat cushions, pruning shrubs and doing a little decorating.

#backyard, #balconies-and-terraces, #content-type-service, #gardens-and-gardening, #outdoor-space, #patio

My Garden of Absolutely No Delight

Try to reciprocate the contempt and indifference that nature has for you.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-sub-only-nl, #masanobu-fukuoka, #the-idler, #thoreau-henry-david, #tom-hodgkinson, #walden-pond-concord-mass

It Seemed Like a Big Potato. Then Guinness Weighed In.

A couple in New Zealand found a giant growth in their garden, named it Doug and applied to the Guinness Book of World Records. Then the results of a DNA analysis came in.

#gardens-and-gardening, #guinness-world-records, #new-zealand, #potatoes

Why Gardening Offers a ‘Psychological Lifeline’ in Times of Crisis

According to the English psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith, it was no accident that we had a run on seeds at the beginning of the pandemic.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

In the German Countryside, a Farmhouse Turned Lush Cultural Retreat

On the grounds of a former agricultural collective an hour north of Berlin, the artist Danh Vo has built a commune for like-minded talents.

#agriculture-and-farming, #art, #brandenburg-germany, #gardens-and-gardening, #germany, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #restoration-and-renovation, #springdesign2022, #tiravanija-rirkrit, #vo-danh

Why Gravel Gardens Are Better Than They Sound

Yes, they may require 80 percent less work. But their beauty alone is reason enough to rethink the way you’re gardening now.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Dr. Al Falkenstein’s Rare Fruit Garden

Dr. Alois Falkenstein put decades of work into breeding and cultivating rare fruits in the Arizona desert, and created a community of like-minded gardeners.

#content-type-personal-profile, #falkenstein-alois-jr, #fruit, #gardens-and-gardening

Three Bedrooms, Two Roommates and a Patch of Dirt

A landscape architect wanted his own garden, but that was going to be pricey. So he got a big apartment in Bed-Stuy and looked for flat mates online.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #biodiversity, #content-type-personal-profile, #gardens-and-gardening, #landscaping, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Using Science and Celtic Wisdom to Save Trees (and Souls)

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist and author, has created a forest with tree species handpicked for their ability to withstand a warming planet.

#beresford-kroeger-diana, #books-and-literature, #canada, #conservation-of-resources, #content-type-personal-profile, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #ireland, #ontario-canada, #trees-and-shrubs, #writing-and-writers

Are Your Tomatoes ‘Epic’? If Not, Here’s What You Should Be Doing

Tomato experts Craig LeHoullier and Joe Lamp’l have some advice for you.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tomatoes

Why Gardeners Should Stop Using Peat, and What to Use Instead

Finding a substitute for peat is a little like making your first cake without gluten. Here’s what the experts advise.

#gardens-and-gardening, #peat, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Groundhogs Emerge From the Scientific Shadows

New research aims to shed light on the social habits of the popular, but often misunderstood, animal.

#animal-behavior, #gardens-and-gardening, #groundhogs, #maine, #research, #united-states, #university-of-southern-maine, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Where Adventurous Gardeners Buy Their Seeds

These organic seed sellers share a passion for the unusual and a mission to preserve biodiversity. And they’ve got some irresistible seeds.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seeds

Gift Guide for Gardeners

These tools are worth waiting for — even if they arrive late, thanks to supply-chain snarls or shipping delays.

#gardens-and-gardening, #gifts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tools

Inside the Holiday Light Show at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Outdoor installations like the elaborate illuminations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden are perfect for this second pandemic winter.

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Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)

A Long Island couple says fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity starts at home. Or rather, right outside their suburban house.

#environment, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #insects, #invasive-species, #landscaping, #lawns, #wading-river-ny

How to Build a Terrarium, So It’s Always Gardening Season

As winter closes in, there’s at least one place where plants will still grow: a terrarium. Here’s how to get started on yours.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

27 Plant Gifts for Plant Lovers

Twenty-seven ideas to satisfy tastes both garden variety and eccentric.

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The Ever-Evolving Art of Bonsai

The centuries-old craft is thriving as both a hobby and an art form, with contemporary practitioners around the world asking what lessons it can impart today.

#bonsai, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #t-winter-travel, #trees-and-shrubs

Your Garden Isn’t Winding Down: It’s Still Lichen Season

After the distraction of fall leaves has passed, don’t assume that your garden is dormant. It’s time to appreciate the beauty of lichen.

#content-type-service, #gardens-and-gardening, #lichens, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Rose Queen of Texas

In the rose capital of the United States, a tradition wrenched off track by the pandemic is back and in full bloom.

#costumes, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #parades, #parties-social, #southwestern-states-us, #texas, #theater, #tyler-tex

Coffee and Climate Have a Complicated Relationship

Your morning cup may depend on solving issues with a crop that both contributes to and is deeply affected by the changing climate.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coffee, #drought, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

The Resilient Beauty of Flowers

Flowers testify to life’s transience, but they are also rugged emblems of resilience.

#beauty-concept, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #philosophy, #poetry-and-poets

How the Resident of an N.Y.C. Cemetery Spends His Sundays

As the director of horticulture for Green-Wood Cemetery, Joe Charap gets to live in an 1876 caretaker’s house on the grounds.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cemeteries, #charap-joe, #content-type-personal-profile, #gardens-and-gardening, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites

Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment

Nearly everything about how Americans “care” for their lawns is deadly, but these machines exist in a category of environmental hell all their own.

#fuel-emissions-transportation, #gardens-and-gardening, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lawns

Take a Walk in the Garden, Before It’s Too Late

Go out and look around. Your garden has things to tell you in the fall.

#autumn-season, #content-type-service, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

At Her Home in Suffolk, Olivia Laing Finds Fresh Inspiration

For the author, the process of creating and tending her garden in the English countryside is akin to that of shaping a book.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gardens-and-gardening, #jarman-derek, #laing-olivia, #london-england, #the-greats-2021, #writing-and-writers

Glimpses in Los Angeles of an Oasis With Deep Immigrant Roots

The San Pedro Community Gardens have provided physical and spiritual nourishment for the past half a century to multiple generations of immigrant Angelenos.

#gardens-and-gardening, #immigration-and-emigration, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #urban-areas

Today’s Must-Have Amenity? A Little Green Space.

Thanks to the pandemic, there’s a major shift in what New Yorkers consider luxury.

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The Ephemeral Beauty of Night-Blooming Flowers

Plants that unfurl their petals only in darkness often condense the drama and poetry of their blossoming into one supercharged — and unpredictable — evening.

#cacti-plants, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #mann-sally, #oahu-hawaii, #the-greats-2021, #welty-eudora, #wilkerson-isabel

How to Grow Figs in a Cold Climate

It may not be easy — but it isn’t impossible, either.

#figs, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trees-and-shrubs

The Beet Grows On

A pandemic garden didn’t really prepare me for “semi-retirement,” but …

#gardens-and-gardening, #science-and-technology, #writing-and-writers

A Ceramist Inspired by Folklore and the British Countryside

In Somerset, the artist Prue Piper has spent decades forging connections between her pottery, her garden and the myths entwined with the landscape.

#art, #ceramics-and-pottery, #content-type-personal-profile, #gardens-and-gardening, #great-britain, #piper-prue, #somerset-england, #t-design-and-luxury

At This Renowned English Garden, Getting Your Hands Dirty Is the Point

Meadows. Soil composition. Propagation. Staking and composting. Attending the weeklong horticulture class at Great Dixter is like getting a Ph.D. in gardening.

#england, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #great-dixter-northiam-england, #lloyd-christopher-1921-2006, #travel-and-vacations