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In Sydney, a Modern Indoor/Outdoor Barn for a Landscape Architect and Family

A few weeks back, we featured landscape architect William Dangar‘s own residential landscape in Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Gardenista (see Downsizing a …

Architecture

10 Easy Pieces: Grass Block Pavers

If you’d like to avoid paving paradise to put up a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell put it, grass block pavers can be a greener choice to surface a …

Landscaping

Gardening 101: Blueberries

Blueberry, <i>Vaccinium spp.:</i> “Ornamental Superfood”<p>Blueberries were the first fruit I grew in my first Brooklyn garden on a tiny 50th-floor terrace in …

Paint Colors for Iron Gates and Fences

The head gardener at a large country estate recently asked me what color I’d paint the newly restored gates and railings. I didn’t know what to say. …

Family Business

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday, leaving his species one step closer to extinction, even as a group of scientists undertake an unprecedented effort to try to keep this animal from vanishing entirely.<p>Sudan was 45 years old, and his health had …

Gardening 101: Rhododendrons

Rhododendron, <i>Rhododendron:</i> “Rose Tree”<p>One of the many things I have learned this year as a volunteer working with the tireless organizers of the …

Flowers

Stephen Hawking's warnings: What he predicted for the future

<b>Stephen Hawking's fame was founded on the research he did on general relativity and black holes. But he often stepped outside his own field of research, using his recognition to highlight what he saw as the great challenges and existential threats for humanity in coming decades. His pronouncements</b> …

15 Awesome Things to Do in Tokyo

There is no city in the world like Tokyo. The lights, smells, colors, and sounds of the capital of Japan are anything but subdued. And with a population of over 9 million inhabitants and 20 million visitors a year, of course there are many intriguing things to do and experience here. It's a city …

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01 of 10<p>Star Magnolia: Early Bloomer<p>Flowering landscape trees are the crown jewels of the yard. Perhaps no other plants, individually, can have as …

In Seattle, An Urban Landscape Designed for Privacy and Indoor/Outdoor Flow

When a young couple found an aging, one-bedroom cottage for sale on the east side of Seattle’s desirable Capitol Hill neighborhood, they looked past …

Outdoor Spaces

10 Easy Pieces: Black Wire Fencing

The little black fence is our new must-have accessory for curb appeal. We’ve long been admirers of the clean, simple lines of hog wire fences, so …

Curb Appeal

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Instagram

Remember when gardens were outdoors instead of on Instagram? Maybe we can compromise. I spent a couple of hours on the sofa flipping through photos …

Landscaping

The Best and Worst Olive Oil from the Grocery Store

Olive oil is as essential to the kitchen as a saucepan or stove. Yet, while it’s always in front of us, we don’t always pay attention to what it can …

4 Pro Tips for Creating Beautiful Floral Arrangements

Truth be told, we’re pretty flower-obsessed. And with good reason: Nothing tops an amazing arrangement for adding color, beauty, and life to a room. (And the sweet fragrance is just the icing on the cake.) But when it comes to arranging flowers, let’s just say we’re not always… confident in our …

Decorations

The 5 top retirement havens with the lowest cost of living

In International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index 2018, we ranked the 24 best retirement havens in the world, where you can live comfortably …

Quit Your Job And Move Abroad: The Cheapest Places To Live In 2018

It’s the ultimate fantasy: Escape the 9-5 by moving to a place where it’s so cheap you barely need to work — and could even retire early. The Panama-based Live and Invest Overseas advises people on how to do just that, and the company has just announced its list of the 10 best places in the world …

Dominican Republic

16 Herbs That Will Grow in a Shady Garden

Most herbs prefer a sun-filled environment, but there are several herbs will grow in the shade. Herbs grown in the shade may not produce as heavily …

26 Easy Party Appetizers

Quick Cheese Fondue<p>Heat oven to 500°. Put a 1/2-lb. piece of slightly oozy <b>brie cheese</b> in a 2- to 3-cup shallow baking dish and bake until melted, 4 …

The best city breaks in Germany: readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip:</b> <b>Augsburg</b><p>One of Bavaria’s oldest cities, Augsburg is a delightful base for a cycling journey on the “Romantic road” or a relaxed city break. Visit the Fuggerei, Europe’s most venerable social housing project, founded by the Fugger banking dynasty in the 16th century. Residents are …

European Travel

Where to Go in Japan: A Cheat Sheet to the Top Destinations

Think of Japan and images of cherry blossoms, Buddhist temples, and a Shinkansen train zooming past Mount Fuji probably come to mind. But this is a …

15 Herbs That Grow Well In The Shade

Most vegetables and flowering plants need sunny locations to do their best. But shady areas in your garden need not be bare, or without excitement, …

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4 Under-the-Radar Countries Where You Can Retire for Cheap

They're rich in culture and have gorgeous scenery.<p>Travel tops the bucket list for many retirees. But what if your wanderlust is of the more permanent …

The forgotten Muslim heroes who fought for Britain in the trenches

The stories of the 2.5 million Muslims who travelled to Europe to fight for the allies during the first world war are finally being told<p>A biting wind whips across the rolling countryside, cutting through the crowd gathered on a hillside overlooking Notre Dame de Lorette, France’s national war …

Sleek modern home looks like it’s floating

Complete with a huge cantilever<p>The clients who commissioned this sleek modern home in Kent, England couldn’t have asked for something more different from their previous abode: a 15th-century Tudor house. But variety is the spice of life, right? The couple, a retired engineer and interior designer, …

Architecture

The bike at 200: World's craziest rides, then and now

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Hydrangeas make beautiful focal points in the garden and require minimal care, other than pruning. Many hydrangeas have interesting foliage and bark, …