View from the terrace back to the gate, the pond, and the shady front garden. Photographs by Mitchell Maher, except as noted

Downsizing: It Just Suits Me

I discovered that the neighbors refer to my 350-square-foot studio as “the glass house,” most likely because the top of a twelve-foot-high window above the indoor-outdoor fireplace is what casual passersby see from the street. I like the glass house description, because it captures the sensibilities of living on a small scale without feeling martyred….

  • The Pruning Book

    At some point, nearly every gardener will face the necessity of pruning a treasured plant. The thought of slicing away…

  • The Earwig’s Tail

    When I was a child in Southern California in the 1930s, I spent my summers at my grandparents’ Victorian home…

  • Fearless Color Gardens

    Have you ever found yourself taking your garden too seriously, paying far too much attention to the names of the…

  • The Wild Garden

    When I was a college freshman, a professor told me, “There is nothing new under the sun.” At nineteen, I…

  • Landscape Plants for California Gardens

    A highly regarded landscape architect, professor, and author, Bob Perry’s first two books, Trees and Shrubs for Dry California Landscapes…

  • Chickens

    Scarcely a week goes by without a magazine or newspaper—even the Wall Street Journal!—exploring America's growing fascination with chickens. Websites are devoted to the subject, and designers of a…