This Week's Table of Contents: In the Clover by

Issue 11 · In The Clover · March 17, 2014

This Week's Table of Contents: In the Clover

Issue 11 · In The Clover · March 17, 2014

Do four-leaf clovers exist? Have you ever found one? We could use a little luck around here, so in honor of St. Patrick's Day we'll be looking. In the meantime, we are happy to report that this week we'll be featuring other treasures we've discovered.

At the end of the rainbow is Ireland's County Galway; there we'll visit a pair of 19th-century stone cottages transformed into modern guest quarters in a seaside landscape. Also coming this week: an exclusive look at a no-fail black-and-gray paint palette for your house facade; a roundup of some (surprising!) emerald green gardens, and everything you ever wanted to know about artificial turf but were afraid to ask.

N.B.: Table of Contents is a new Monday column to fill you in on what's coming up every week on Gardenista.

Table of Contents In the Clover ; Gardenista


Galway Ireland Stone Cottages by the Sea ; Gardenista

Above: In County Galway, a cottage and a shed dating to the early 1800s sit on seven acres of land at the edge of the sea. In an Architect Visit later today, Meredith will look at how Dublin-based Peter Legge Associates updated the derelict stone buildings to suit a retired couple from Dublin who needed guest quarters for visiting children and grandchildren. Hint: indoor-outdoor living is involved. Photograph by Sean and Yvette.


Jessica Helgerson Library House Patio Steal This Look ; Gardenista

Above: This week's Steal This Look will reveal all the details—including the paint colors on the house, trim, and door—that you need to recreate designer Jessica Helgerson's perfect backyard patio. Photograph by Lincoln Barbour.


Cotton thistle by Peter Roan ; Gardenista

Above: Some thistles are invasive, yes, but others are your friend. Justine will give us the lowdown in 5 Favorites: Thistles. Photograph by Peter Roan.


Artificial turf by Conservation Grass ; Gardenista

Above: Photograph via Conservation Grass.

Ellen will give us an exclusive look at the good, the bad, and the ugly (plus the price) of modern artificial grass in this week's Hardscaping 101.


Backyard writer's shed with woodburning stove ; Gardenista

Above: Erin will visit a writer's shed nice enough to inspire anybody to write the Great American Novel. Photograph by Wai Ming Ng.

4 leaf clover by Joe Papp ; Gardenista

Above: Here's proof that four-leaf clovers exist. They are in fact mutations of three-leafed clovers and are often evident among white clover plants. If you want to grow your own, scatter some New Zealand White Clover seeds ($4.65 a packet from Johnny's Seeds). Word is that five-leaved clover exists too. (Post a photo in the comments section if you've found evidence.) Photograph by Joe Papp.

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