New “Sensational Succulents” Coloring Book

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I’m proud and pleased to announce the release of my latest book: “Sensational Succulents, an adult coloring book of amazing shapes and magical patterns” published by Timber Press. The book’s line drawings, by illustrator Laura Serra, were based on my photos. The book doesn’t officially ship until June 1, but I’ll have advance copies available at the fourth[...]

In Honor of Prince: The Jacaranda Tree

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“To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.” – Nelson Mandela When I flew in to Tel Aviv a few weeks ago, I felt[...]

Wild in the Eastern Deciduous Forest

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The Eastern United States is an entirely different native ecosystem from California.  Duh. The Central Prairies are different too.  Oh yeah.  And how about the Everglades ?  The desert Southwest ? We live in a vast country with vastly different native plants, yet sometimes when we hear about the importance of gardening with native plants,[...]

Succulent Wearables for May Day, Weddings and More

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Designer Katie Christensen of Miss Katie’s Garden recently conducted a fun workshop at Weidner’s Gardens nursery in Encinitas, CA. Katie showed a simple technique for making lovely, long-lasting, succulent-adorned headbands and art-to-wear items. Such easy-to-make succulent-embellished adornments are perfect for weddings, May Day celebrations, Mother’s Day, garden events, and parent-child projects. “If you can glue moss to it,” Katie[...]

A 21st Century Garden Ethic

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Written by Benjamin Vogt, Guest Contributor One late summer afternoon I was crawling around on my knees out back, getting a view of the garden’s undercarriage where so much of the real action happens – spiders nabbing prey, beetles walking from stem to stem, ants leaving scent markers to food. On my weary knees I[...]