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Downsizing the garden, gracefully

All those magnificent flower beds, the great, sweeping green lawn and your own personal arboretum might become more of a burden than a benefit when the kids are grown and gone, and you’re ready to pack your bags and see the world. You still want to stop and smell the roses, all right, but perhaps just one rose bush is all you need.

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Powell Gardens’ ‘rock star’ heads north, plants in hand

Alan Branhagen served as director of horticulture for over 20 years at Powell Gardens, a 970-acre botanical garden located 20 miles east of Lee’s Summit. Now he is director of operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, a role that includes horticulture, facilities and research.

House & Home

On Gardening: Emperor's candlestick, a nostalgic trip to the islands

I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna alata formerly Cassia alata.

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Style at Home: Window treatments warm up this family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn't fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough a few months ago, it was exciting for us to see how she used fabric to help write this historic house's newest chapter.

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3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don't)

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you've wiped a hundred times shine brighter, shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away, and your home looks like someone applied a lighter, brighter Instagram filter to it.

Videos

How to plant a simple garden

Rita Konig, European editor for the New York Times' T Magazine, shares her add-as-you-go strategy for building a backyard oasis.
The New York Times
How to plant a simple garden 2:18

How to plant a simple garden

Tour a former Royals player's $4.5 million ranch 2:11

Tour a former Royals player's $4.5 million ranch

Veteran gets a surprise — and a motorized chair — on 82nd birthday at home remodeling show 1:51

Veteran gets a surprise — and a motorized chair — on 82nd birthday at home remodeling show

Remodel & Garden Show signals that spring is near 1:23

Remodel & Garden Show signals that spring is near