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Koi pond

Garden Tour: Our Focal-Point Pond

Once home to a nearly dead maple tree, our backyard pond enlivens the landscape and beckons visitors of various species.   Before the tree was removed, the landscaping…

Finished pond

DIY Garden Project: Making a Focal-Point Pond

Few garden focal points are as hard-working as a pond. The sounds masks neighborhood noise, the water invites wildlife, and the sight draws all eyes.   When we…

Retro party table

Entertaining Ideas: Fiesta-Inspired Garden Party

Party like it’s 1938 with furniture, accessories, and linens as colorful as the vintage Fiesta plates we used as inspiration.   Sometimes you just gotta pull the collectibles…

Prairie Pedlar barn and gardens

Garden Tours: A Reclaimed Garden on the Prairie

On an Iowa acreage, Jane and Jack Hogue do what they love: Garden, transform timeworn items into treasured heirlooms, and keep their proud rural heritage alive for others…

Prairie Pedlar

Garden Tour: A Repurposed Prairie Retreat

In the rolling hills of northwest Iowa, an inventive couple sells country-chic garden ideas on a recycled farm. It’s not the glint of the new: it’s a resurrection…

Hemerocallis plants

Garden Solutions: Annuals, Perennials, and Shrubs for Shade

A shade garden offers a wonderful respite from the sun, giving a cool feeling even at the height of summer. These gorgeous, easy-care and waterwise shady ladies are…

Perennial flower bed

Garden Ideas: Best Plants for Small Spaces

We all know that gardens are never finished and there is always room for one more stellar plant. Try these varieties for great impact in a limited space….

Fiesta party paper flower bouquet

Entertaining Ideas: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Host a festive Cinco de Mayo party with these easy table setting and decorating ideas. Opt for a color scheme of vivid, saturated hues—no delicate tints allowed! Think…

Vintage potting bench

Easy Garden Ideas: A Repurposed Potting Bench

Karla Ritchey’s McKinney, Texas, garden is a decorative tour de force of the art of repurposing. But she also turns her talents to embellishing the hardest-working element, too—her…

Repurposed patio with door, mantel, table and chairs

Outdoor Rooms: A Repurposed Patio

Karla Ritchey knows a thing or two about putting together repurposed elements. And she’s got a gorgeous outdoor room to prove it.   Behind the garage, a junked-out…

She Shed interior

Outdoor rooms: A Sweet Salvage She Shed

Karla Ritchey’s hand-built shed in McKinney, Texas, beckons with comfy furnishings, clever repurposing, and attention to hardworking details.   The centerpiece of Karla’s back garden, the light-filled shed…

Shed and garden

Garden tour: A Salvage-Rich Landscape

Part gardener, part decorative-paint distributer, and 100 percent junker, Karla Ritchey specializes in turning her McKinney, Texas, landscape into a garden festooned with flea market and salvage treasures….