Weed seeds are among the most patient organisms in nature. Many weeds can produce thousands of seeds per plant per year, and those seeds might lie dormant for decades, just waiting for the right conditions to sprout.
In some circles, a gardener’s skill is measured by how soon he or she gets the first bowl of shelling peas on the table.
Laura Dowling’s new photo book, “Floral Diplomacy at the White House” (Stichtung Kunstboek), gives a behind-the-scenes look at White House flower decorations, including the traditions, design concepts and logistics that go into them.
Want to add instant color and texture to your deck, balcony, entryway or other small space around your yard? Consider hanging baskets.
As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” — exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel — has spread from fashion to home decor. There’s a caravan of interesting furniture and accessories that work in any space, from the sleek and contemporary to the simple and functional.
The period Mark Twain dubbed “the Gilded Age” was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. It was also a time when some of the nation’s grandest gardens were constructed.
Washington's birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been.
Design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka, known for show-stopping red-carpet gowns, are bringing the glamour of their fashion shows to a living room near you.
Want to add a little panache to your Valentine’s Day cards? Learn how to roll a few quilling shapes — hearts, teardrops and petals, for starters — to convey your love.
There’s an ongoing gag in the TV show “Arrested Development” about the home of the Bluths, the family around which the screwball comedy revolves. The Bluth patriarch, George, is a real estate developer, and his dysfunctional adult children move into a house he built. It is the model — and on…
Recycling has become the norm in many communities. The detritus of our daily lives — plastic, glass, metal and paper — makes its weekly trek to processing plants across the country.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Demand driven by the farm-to-table movement knows no seasons, so farmers in colder areas of the country increasingly use greenhouses and similar structures to meet wintertime demand for local produce.
Decor trends take us on a little emotional journey every season. Some speak to how we’re feeling, some to how we want to feel.
There are lots of ways for gardeners to get more food from their gardens. But what about putting those vegetables on the table? It doesn’t matter how many bumper crops you have if you’re not eating them.
For people who love, love, love to nest and entertain, a gift for the home is always a win. You know the type: a homebody who loves to organize, a newlywed in a new house, a consummate party planner. You doubtlessly have someone in your life like this, so we’ve compiled an expansive list of …
Compost is “finished” when you can no longer recognize the ingredients that went into making it because they have thoroughly decomposed. It looks like dark, fertile soil, only fluffier, enriched and lightened by the work of bacteria and other soil organisms inside your compost pile.
Say goodbye to the dad chair. Today’s recliners are slimmer, smarter and more stylish than ever.
Every year, you tell yourself things will be different. You’ll winterizr your home early.
It should come as no surprise that plants play a vital role in maintaining our atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through the well-known process of photosynthesis.
Nizam Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington landmark, spends his workdays in an industrial-style commercial kitchen. You might think that he would want to replicate that style at the home he shares with his wife, Jyotika Vazirani, and their 11-year old son in Washington, but their …
One of the hardest things to learn about gardening is when to quit.
Sure, Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition.
Swirling snowflakes and snow-covered marshes greeted Dana Gibson the first time she and her family drove to the 1948 cottage that would become their Rappahannock River weekend place.
After a summer of play, fall is our chance to prepare a house for the cold months ahead. There’s weatherstripping to check, patio furniture to store, gutters to clean.
We may think we spend most of our time in the kitchen cooking or in the family room watching TV. But the truth is, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping — so the bedroom wins. And yet, this is not where our decorating dollars go.
Spring is not a moment in the garden but a sequence, a gentle unfurling of plant life that grows fuller by the day at a tempo that is almost out of sync with human perception.