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March 6, 2013
From locations like a microcourtyard in Virginia to a prefab glass-shelled retreat in summery Finland, these ten outdoor gardens will make you green with envy.
Outdoor gardening in Los Angeles, California

A varied arrangement of flowers bloom on the "growing ground" of this hillside Glassell Park home, where local urban farmer Tara Kolla and a squad of volunteers plant and tend. Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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howeler and yoon outdoor cascading concrete fountain

A young architect couple built a small garden sanctuary complete with a concrete block fountain, mini Japanese maple tree, and built-in wooden seating, for their parents in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by: Jeff Wolfram 

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Originally appeared in Secret Garden
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The front entrance of the Farley Studio in Cleburne, Texas, presents a clean, minimalist space—a stark contrast to the colorful clutter of the painting studio hidden behind corrugated-metal walls at the back of the house. Local context and cost of materia

In the front entrance of this corrugated metal-clad live/work space in Cleburne, Texas, a field of wild weeds graze amok. Photo by: Jack Thompson

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The Kavner house is a California take on the classic Adirondack style of upstate New York. The main house is used every weekend and the cabins fill up at family gatherings.

A carefully groomed garden paves the way outside this classic Adirondack style home in Big Sur, California.

Originally appeared in PISE Does It
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The couple grows a plethora of fruits and vegetables in their large back yard.

Homeowner Helen Rice waters her fruit and vegetable garden at their renovated Charleston, South Carolina space. Photo by: Daniel Shea

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The facade of the green-built Suttles and Shah residence.

Anne Shuttles waters various flora in the yard, such as palo verde and magic carpet thyme, while partner Sam Shah peeps down from the balcony of their hilltop green home in Austin, Texas. Photo by: Brent Humphreys




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Modern prefab shed in Finland

A bed of greens surround this grand prefab glass-walled shed-meets-sleeping-cabin on an island in Finland. Photo by: Arsi Ikäheimonen



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The landscape Hayes conceived for a private garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exploits the desert landscape with drought-tolerant planting. “Walking in the Santa Fe hills is psychedelic. It’s a desert, and there’s all this rock and lichen. The people who li

Conceived by artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes, this private garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico sports various shrubs and trees plopped in silicone planters. Photo by: Raimund Koch


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Sliding glass panels in the bathroom open to put the tub in the tree canopy.

The sliding glass-paneled bathroom is surrounded by a sprawling tree canopy just right outside of this beachfront San Francisco home. Photo by: Robert Schlatter

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The Opdahl House, designed by Edward Killingsworth for Richard and Joyce Opdahl, is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California, and the design responds to the constraints imposed by the compact site.Unlike the neighbors, whose  homes unfli

A concrete block pathway and generous scatterings of greens lead up to the Edward Killingsworth-designed Opdahl House on the island of Naples in Long Beach, California. Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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Outdoor gardening in Los Angeles, California

A varied arrangement of flowers bloom on the "growing ground" of this hillside Glassell Park home, where local urban farmer Tara Kolla and a squad of volunteers plant and tend. Photo by: Catherine Ledner

Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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