December 2011/January 2012

vol. 59, no. 1

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FEATURES
Family Roots, page 28
A mother and son's long-distance collaboration transforms a humdrum Alabama back yard into a stress-relieving sanctuary.
By Denise Gee

The Prettiest Vegetable, page 34
Glowing like amethysts, emeralds, and pearls, eggplants are the gems of the garden. Here's how to grow them flawlessly.
By Willi Galloway

Garden Railways, page 40
Model trains zoom through a wondrous world of boxwood forests and towns made of twigs, where even the smallest child can feel like a giant.
By Pat Hayward

Global Tapas with an Iberian Flair, page 44
Celebrate the holidays with family and friends by sharing tapas, the culinary art of small-plate dining that hails from Spain.
By Mary Luz Mejia

DEPARTMENTS
Design Like a Pro, page 14
A blank exterior wall is an asset, not an eyesore.

Plant TNT, page 16
The twisted beauty of curly willow.

Skills & Abilities, page 18
Choosing and maintaining hand pruners.

Flower Power, page 20
This party is for the birds.

Common Ground, page 22
Health care's newest patient is the environment.

Bibendum, page 26
Punch is back—with a kick.

Ask Organic Gardening, page 50
Finicky fig trees, a garden cleanup debate, and what to do about frozen cacti.

Good Bug, Bad Bug, page 56
Fungus gnats are a nuisance, but there's a quick, easy way to get rid of them.

Earth Matters, page 62
Choosing a real Christmas tree is a gift to the planet; welcome the colorful Eastern newt.

We Like This!, page 64
Time- and labor-saving "toys" to satisfy any gardener's inner techie.

Destinations, page 66
Bozeman, Montana, where organic meets the wild, wild West.

Find It Here, page 67

Maria's Page, page 72

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