For the final installment of our Summer Cooler series, we chose to harness the heat and brew a batch of fruit-infused sun tea. Simply steep the tea for several hours in full sunlight, adding in a mix of sliced fruits for extra flavor – we’re partial to strawberries, peaches, and nectarines. Then, cool things down by pouring the tea over ice and top it off with a few sprigs of fresh herbs and a dash of simple syrup for added sweetness. We even like the idea of spiked sun tea as a refreshing cocktail to cap off a midsummer night!

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 30

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Free People stopped by our nursery to make a desert-inspired terrarium. (via Free People)

    Since it’s the season for pick-your-own peaches… (via Creature Comforts)

    NYC’s best spots for summer snacking. (via NY Times)

    A gorgeous wedding bouquet filled with unexpected plants. (via 100 Layer Cake)

    A clever way to bring more vegetables into your kitchen. (via The Kitchn)

    Check out these views! (via WSJ)

    The perfect picnic is one click away. (via Saveur)

  • Now that our exclusive collection of J. Franklin Field Day games has arrived, we're ready for an afternoon of old-fashioned, backyard fun that includes badminton, bocce, croquet, and more! Click the image above to download our printable sign collection, including a set of Field Day pennants and markers for eight classic games.

  • A Wedding at Terrain

    July 16, 2014


    Our Product and Community Coordinator, Kelly S., tied the knot at Styer’s on July 5th surrounded by 105 of her closest friends and family. We always adore a wedding, especially when it’s one of our own! Check out the slideshow above for a peek at the festivities and read on for Kelly’s account of her special day, below.  

    “When I began the two-year process of planning my wedding, I knew I wanted a venue that was transportive– rich in character and unique beauty. terrain was the perfect fit – the enchanted garden of my dreams. Two years might seem like a long time to be engaged, but it went by so quickly! My husband and I are both writers— we met in Chicago while attending graduate school. He hails from the shore of Cape May, New Jersey, while I grew up running through the forests and creek beds of southern Ohio. We wanted a wedding that celebrated not only who we are as a couple, but as individuals too. We settled on a theme I dubbed “surf and soil,” threw in a few nods to literature, and set out to grow our own propagated succulents (our favorite plant) for decorating our special day.

    In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy washed hundreds of conch shells onto the beaches of New Jersey. We collected as many as we could, concluding that succulents planted in shells would be the perfect embodiment of our roots. We planted over 110 shells, enough for each guest to take one home. I’ll admit I got a little DIY crazy – crafting everything from mini terrariums to hand-stamped place cards. terrain's installation designer Matt M. worked with me closely, harnessing my DIY frenzy to create a look that took everyone’s breath away. The bouquet he created for me brought tears to my eyes with an array of cotton, blueberry sprigs, thistle, and even a giant air plant!  And my flower crown! I could have floated to the ceiling and never come down! Everything about the day was magical – guests enjoyed terrain’s legendary farm-to-table cuisine, capping off the night with wedding pie, s’mores by the fire pit, and a sparkler send-off. 

    My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, surrounded by friends and family who had traveled from every corner of the country, and seeing my best friend waiting for me in front of the temple hung with billowing fabric and ribbon, as the layers of my dress floated in the evening breeze. It sure doesn’t get much more romantic than that!"

    Images courtesy of db Photography.

  • New in the Nursery: Flowering Maple

    One of our favorite arrivals to the nursery this month is a subtropical plant called Abutilon. Though commonly known as “Flowering Maple” thanks to its leaf shape, it actually isn’t a maple at all! Belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae, Flowering Maple offers unique and easy-to-maintain beauty when planted indoors or out. From spring until summer’s end, it puts on a show with bell-like blossoms in hues of white, red, yellow, or blue, while attracting hummingbirds and insects that are beneficial to the garden. Flowering Maples also make great houseplants, thriving in containers that can be put outdoors during the summer months in full to partial sun, and brought back inside before the first frost. If left to grow freely, they can reach up to 10' in height! Lower leaves will begin to drop if the plant is underfed, so be sure to fertilize if you notice signs of decline. Water thoroughly when the weather is hot, but allow the soil to dry out before watering in the winter months. 

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 29

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    We'd love to take one of these design-focused road trips. (via Apartment Therapy)

    A stunning foraged tablescape for high summer. (via Gardenista)

    Botanical destinations in the City of Light. (via T Magazine)

    Summer cocktails from around the world. Which one would you shake up? (via Serious Eats)

    A clever app for identifying any tree that catches your eye. (via Inhabitat)

    Artist and typographer Dana Tanamachi-Williams is joining us for a pair of workshops in August. In the meantime, take a peek at a day in her life (via Design*Sponge)

  • How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    July 11, 2014

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    How To: Hanging Tray Planter

    We love when one good basic can serve multiple uses. Our collection of terrain-exclusive Habit & Form trays go far beyond practical resting places for potted plants, transforming into serving trays, boot holders, and even a tiered dessert display. Recently, stylist Alli M. got creative and turned a circular, copper tray into the living chandelier shown above! Read on for easy instructions on how to bring the look home. 

    What You’ll Need:
    Circle tray
    Black rebar wire (7 feet)
    Trailing flowers (Alli chose Superbells)
    Fern (Alli used an Austral Gem fern)
    Clump moss
    Taper candles 

    1. Cut 7' of rebar wire. Beginning with one end, wrap the wire around the circumference of the tray, just beneath the lip. Create a loop with the free end and secure it firmly. Leave extra length, as this will be used to create the handle. 

    2. Bend the remaining wire upwards and twist to create a loop at the top of the handle for hanging. Bend the rest of the wire back down and affix it to the wire surrounding the lip of the tray by securely wrapping the loose end around the wire on the tray.

    3. Fill a shallow pot with soil and place the trailing flowers and fern inside. 

    4. Position the potted plants on the tray and fill in with clump moss as needed to conceal the pot. 

    5. Nestle taper candles into the soil for a final flourish. (Be sure to monitor them once lit.)

    6. Hang and enjoy! 

  • Summer can be tough on the skin-- buzzing bugs, bright sun, and saltwater swims all take a toll on your complexion. This year, we're keeping our faces fresh with natural remedies that incorporate some of our favorite botanicals. While there are countless plants that can keep skin glowing all summer long, we've chosen five favorites to conquer the season's skin challenges.

    Lavender: Lavender essential oil is our pick for taking along on summer hikes or trips to the orchard, since its natural antiseptic and analgesic properties make it ideal for relieving bug bites, stings, and scratches. Rubbing lavender oil on dry or chapped skin is also a way to add a quick burst of moisture.

    Aloe: Thanks to its soothing effects on summer sunburns, aloe is a standby when it comes to botanical skincare. Packed with an antioxidant-rich blend including beta carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, its healing gel also fights aging, reduces inflammation, and discourages blemishes. A touch of aloe before applying makeup also provides natural moisture without a greasy feel-- perfect for looking fresh faced all summer long.

    Clary Sage: This hardworking herb is our pick for treating oily skin in hot and humid climates; clary sage oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that balance skin and cleanse pores. It also promotes skin cell regeneration, helping to prevent fine lines after time spent in the sun. 

    Rose: Once the roses in your garden bloom, make your own rosewater for a simple and sweet-smelling skin remedy that's especially great for dry skin. The natural sugars in rose petals have a soothing effect on tired skin, while natural oils conserve moisture to help skin look smoother and fresher. Some experts also suggest that rosewater helps heal damage to elastins in the skin after sun exposure, preventing fine lies from forming. 

    Witch Hazel: Our pick for beating the heat, a spritz of witch hazel can refresh oily skin or soothe a sunburn, while also tightening pores for a smoother appearance. Witch hazel helps to remove impurities, making it especially great as a cleanser after a summer day outside. When used after washing your face, it also serves as a natural moisturizer, minimizing water loss in the outer layer of the skin.

    Photo Credits: Lavender by terrain; Aloe Vera by Tim Haynes; Clary Sage by James Austin; Roses by Amarpreet K; Witch Hazel by Wendy Cutler