Palms, agaves, and edibles in Peter Schaar Garden

October 27, 2020

I was happy to have the opportunity to see the garden of Peter Schaar in Dallas in early October. I know Peter as a palm and agave lover, a rose enthusiast (note the Texas Rose Rustler t-shirt), and an avid cook with a taste for growing herbs and other edibles. He’s also a longtime commenter at Digging (since 2011) who often shares interesting snippets about his travels with his late wife, Julie, and personal anecdotes about Texas’s gardening trailblazers like John Fairey and Pam Puryear.

Peter is reticent about his own work as a garden designer (a second career after 30 years as an applied mathematician) and educational speaker, as I learned when I read a 2006 D Magazine article about him called “The Mathematician’s Garden.” In short, Peter has gardening chops and a wealth of knowledge about gardening in North Texas, which he generously shares with others.

Peter’s garden, located in Dallas’s Lakewood neighborhood, is packed with fringe-fingered palms, strappy crinums, arrowhead-leaf alocasia, and spiky agaves and sotols. Edible herbs, chiles, and even leafy vegetables are stuffed in as well.

Cobalt pots elevating succulents and agaves run a blue color scheme through the garden.

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70 Best Kitchen Ideas – Decor and Decorating Ideas for Kitchen Design

If a full kitchen renovation isn’t on your calendar for the near future, the next best thing is to find simple ways to refresh your cooking space. Believe it or not, achieving an entirely new look doesn’t have to mean knocking down all of your walls. If you settle on the right mix of accessories, whether it’s a stylish set of stools, lighting, or artwork, and even chic cabinet hardware, you can pull off a noticeable transformation that’ll make you love your kitchen even more.

Browse some of our favorite expert-approved kitchen decor ideas that are sure to boost your space’s visual appeal. Plus, go ahead and consider our top paint ideas — yet another easy way to bring more style to your kitchen.

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25 Easy Houseplants – Easy To Care For Indoor Plants

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Don’t let those fickle fiddle leaf figs fool you. Not every houseplant requires a natural green thumb and extensive gardening expertise. These hardy indoor species can survive and even thrive despite serious neglect.

“Buy something that likes to live the way you do,” advises Gwenn Fried, manager of the horticulture therapy program at NYU Langone. When you’re working with a dark room, give low-light options like pothos, prayer plants, and dracaena a go. If too many rays has shriveled your plants in the past, opt for sun lovers like yucca, jade, and ponytail palm. Peace lilies and Chinese evergreen can handle the well-meaning over-waterer. If you’re the set-it-and-forget-it type, ZZ plant, kalanchoe, and philodendrons might be more your speed.

Get more plant inspiration and care tips below from horticultural experts, but if you’re looking for true no-maintenance foliage, check out the best artificial plants you can buy. Their plastic leaves will never go brown, no matter how hard you try.

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Native Texas Park: Rediscovering a lost prairie at George W. Bush Presidential Library

October 23, 2020

Blackland prairie, a sash of Texas grassland across the center of the state, running southwest from the Oklahoma border to San Antonio, is the most endangered ecosystem in the U.S., with less than 1% remaining, according to Austin environmental designer John Hart Asher in a Wildflower article. One hundred and seventy years ago, bison grazed and fertilized the prairie, and natural wildfires and controlled burns by native peoples kept the land free of trees and shrubs, allowing grasses and perennials to thrive. That ecosystem disappeared when Europeans arrived and claimed the rich land for agriculture and settlement. Today small pockets of preserved Blackland prairie are all that remain.

Native grasses make a meadowy lawn at the Bush Library

Encouragingly, however, reconstructed Blackland prairie landscapes are increasingly being created for urban sites, like Native Texas Park, a 15-acre prairie surrounding the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Located on the Southern Methodist University campus, just off a busy interstate and overlooked by glass business towers, the park was designed and planted in partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and completed in 2013.

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Inside Too Faced Cosmetics Co-Founder Jerrod Blandino’s Perfectly Organized Kitchen

Jerrod Blandino, co-founder and chief creative officer of Too Faced Cosmetics, gave us a glimpse inside his home (which he shares with his husband, Too Faced co-founder and CEO, Jeremy Johnson) to show off his kitchens (yes, plural!), pantry, and beauty skincare closet.

While looking at the beautiful decor, products, and more is so much fun, the best part of the tour is that Jerrod shares all of his tips and tricks for keeping each room perfectly organized.

For instance, with a little help from his friends at Well Organized, Jerrod has transformed his main kitchen into a chef’s dream by organizing his most frequently used cooking tools and accessories in a functional and low-stress way.

Jerrod follows the same rule when it comes to his baking kitchen (some the brand’s most popular products are inpsired by Jerrod’s love of baking!). That means, all the important baking items (sugar, candy, chocolate, mixes, etc) are front and center (and labeled!).

For all of Jerrod’s great tips, watch the video above, and shop a few of his favorite products below:

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