The Plant Nut: Jospeh Marek /

The Plant Nut: Jospeh Marek

For most of his young life, Joseph Marek grew up rootless, in plant speak. With a military dad, the family moved every three years or so, from regions as varied as South Texas and Alaska to the German Rhineland and Tidewater, Virginia.

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Down to Earth: Christina Chrobokowa /

Down to Earth: Christina Chrobokowa

When designing outdoor spaces, Christina Chrobokowa takes her cues from one of the strongest and wisest voices of all: Mother Nature. Continue reading
Charlotte Moss Flowers /

Charlotte Moss Flowers

Writing a book has often been compared to birthing a child. Let’s take a moment then to appreciate that interior designer Charlotte Moss’ 11th was born on April 6, 2021. The subject: flowers—their colors, scents, shapes, and attitudes that can tszuj up a party or everyday living.

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A Gem in the Garden: Jennifer Jewell /

A Gem in the Garden: Jennifer Jewell

A riddle: What’s showy, full of bounce and vigor, praised for its beauty, occasionally high-maintenance ... depending on the type, and, in the worst of circumstances, merely possessed as a status symbol? Answer: a garden. Continue reading
Dealer in Dreams: Q & A with John Danzer /

Dealer in Dreams: Q & A with John Danzer

Josephine Nuese, who wrote “The Country Garden,” once said, “January is when gardening really begins, with the dream,” requotes John Danzer. He founded Munder Skiles, a well-known outdoors furnishings company that... 

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A Garden in the Clouds: Abbie Zabar /

A Garden in the Clouds: Abbie Zabar

Since the pandemic, our worlds have shrunk quite a bit ... to the confines of our walls, which could be trying in a street-life-focused city like Manhattan. But not for Abbie Zabar. Solitude is a state she cherishes, thanks ...

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The Horticultural Therapist is In: Perla Sofia Curbelo-Santigo /

The Horticultural Therapist is In: Perla Sofia Curbelo-Santigo

Feeling a little trapped in these times, or a bit stressed? Go into your garden.That’s the prescription from Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago. “Plants and gardening are tools for wellness,” says the founder of Agrochic.com who al...

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A Garden Preservationist Explores Chicago’s North Shore /

A Garden Preservationist Explores Chicago’s North Shore

Gardeners have a name for people like Benjamin Lenhardt: a dual-zoner. Flowers envy the life, and so do we. He splits his time between Zone 5B and 8B (Winnetka, Illinois to Charleston, South Carolina). The dual-zoner also ha...

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Matchmaker: Plants, meet the people Q&A: Sara Hobel, Director of the Hort /

Matchmaker: Plants, meet the people Q&A: Sara Hobel, Director of the Hort

Can growing a garden rehabilitate? The proof that it can can be found on an infamous island in NYC. Many people look at Rikers’ 413 acres and see failure. Then, there’s Sara Hobel. She sees it as an opportunity to grow.

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Q & A: The Queen of Inspiration: Wave Hill's President Karen Meyerhoff /

Q & A: The Queen of Inspiration: Wave Hill's President Karen Meyerhoff

We’ve been doing Q&As with garden gurus at Janet Mavec Jewelry for about a year. When we ask them to pick a public garden that rocks their worlds, the answer is nearly always same: Wave Hill. That led us down a path to K...

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We Love Lucy's Garden Life /

We Love Lucy's Garden Life

Romantic and colorful aren’t words that typically describe a sustainable garden: a humus-generating, native-growing, non-pesticidal retreat. The gardens that Lucy Berkoff designs, however, paint a different picture. And it’s...

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Inside Out Q & A: Raun Thorp /

Inside Out Q & A: Raun Thorp

Like most Southern Californians, Raun Thorp makes little distinction between outdoors space and indoors, reflected in the title of the recent book “Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp”(2017) that she c...

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