Tagged: Outdoor Living

  • The #terrainfallcolor Tour

    From the rocky coast of Maine to the vineyards of California wine country, there are incredible fall colors to behold all across America. We rounded up a list of our favorite foliage to create an old-fashioned, fall color tour road trip. Do autumnal hues reign supreme in your hometown? Snap a picture on Instagram with hashtag #terrainfallcolor and we’ll regram our favorites throughout the season via @shopterrain.

    1. Brown County State Park, Indiana: Better known for its sprawling, flat farmland, many are surprised to learn of the rolling hills Brown County offers. Home to Indiana’s largest state park, the area boasts fall colors in breathtaking russet and copper hues. Hop out of the car and enjoy the array of activities the park has to offer, from horseback riding to mountain biking trails.

    2.  Blueberry Barrens, Maine: Travel off the beaten path to view the spectacular color of northern Deblois, where wild blueberry barrens, alight with fruit all summer long, erupt into a rich sight of rose-colored shrubs that stretches for miles.  

    3.  Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina: A drive along North Carolina’s portion of the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Asheville, isn’t just a drive; it’s a destination for fall color seekers. Surrounded by preserved forests, mountain activities and camp sites abound. The road also passes through historic towns that offer opportunities to explore the heritage of the region. 

    4.  Maroon Bells Mountains, Colorado: A trip down to crystal clear Maroon Lake during late September will not disappoint thanks to the electric gold of the iconic, Colorado Aspen trees. Located in the White River National Forest, this 2.3 million acre destination is one of the top recreational forests in the nation and a photographer’s delight. 

    5.  Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming: Comprised of 3.4 million acres of land and fresh water, sights and delights are in no short supply in Bridger-Teton National Forest. From captivating wildlife to scenic rivers with mountain views, a fall visit to the area offers a backdrop bursting in crimson, goldenrod, and rust set against a clear, Western sky. 

    6.  Sonoma, California: Sonoma is of California’s most lauded wine regions, rivaling Napa Valley. Here, one can take in the sights of sprawling vineyards as the leaves on the grape vines change color, all while sipping a glass of pinot noir and surveying the unique architecture of the area. Bliss! 

    Image Credits: 1. Midwest Living; 2. Maine Travel Maven; 3. Francis Trudeau; 4. Scott Mecum; 5. U.S. Department of Agriculture; 6. Lee W. Nelson

  • It’s not every day a bride grows and arranges all her own flowers for her wedding day. Our friend and Brooklyn-based floral and garden designer Tara Douglass of Brooklyn Plant Studio didn’t just grow her own flowers— she planted 4,325 bulbs on her family’s historic property in Columbia, Missouri, harvested the blooms, and arranged them all for her big day! Due to the unusually harsh winter, not all of her bulbs flowered, so Tara studied old family photographs of her great-great-grandparent's historic, Midwestern estate to gain insight on what she could expect to find in bloom when she arrived there before her May 3rd nuptials. With a supplement of foraged dogwood, may apple, lilac, and wisteria, Tara crafted 21 centerpieces in antique vases from her grandmother’s collection, her wedding bouquet, seven boutonnieres, and three garlands in a color scheme of rich whites, blues, and deep purples, thanks to her harvest of tulips, allium, fritallaria, and Spanish bluebells, to name just a few.

    The best part? Since bulbs are perennials, Tara will be able to return to her family’s home each year and see the flowers she planted in full bloom—talk about an incredible anniversary gift! We sat down with Tara to find out more about what it’s like to single-handedly plan and plant your own wedding. Read on to learn more about what it’s like when the gardener gets married! 

    terrain: What inspired you to grow and arrange your own flowers for your wedding?

    Tara: It’s every florist’s dream to do her own wedding. I wanted to grow varieties of flowers that were rare and unusual, and not something you could find at any florist. It was also deeply personal for me to have our wedding at my family’s home in Missouri, where I would be the third generation to get married on the property. I chose to plant bulbs instead of a traditional flower garden because the blossoms of bulbs tend to stay fresher longer, lasting for several weeks if the weather remains on the cooler side. I planted the bulbs 6 months before the wedding and left the rest in nature’s hands, returning to tend to the flower field several times leading up to the big day. We did end up transferring some of the bulbs into pots and storing them in the barn until the wedding once they blossomed to preserve them from the elements and native wild life. Deer love to munch on tulips! 


  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 40

    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!

    Homemade apple butter in three easy steps. (via Refinery29)

    The science behind fall color. (via Compound Interest)

    The perfect bread for an autumn dinner. (via Beyond Kimchee)

    Ten travel-inspired Instagrams that have us booking our next adventure. (via Design*Sponge)

    A super-simple recipe for the perfect pancakes. (via NYT)

    We'd love to take a class at Tallulah Rose Flower School.(via Design*Sponge)

    Coconut and blackberries at breakfast. (via The Kitchn)

  • New in the Nursery: Yellow Amaranth

    Now that it’s officially fall, our nursery is bursting with autumn oranges, crimsons, and golds. One of our favorite additions is the coppery hue of Amaranth ‘Hot Biscuits.’ Amaranthus cruentus is an annual that begins to bloom in mid to late summer, with some specimens reaching nearly 48 inches in height! This species can be traced back to the Aztecs; historians believe that they consumed Amaranth grain before embarking on a new conquest. These draping beauties enjoy full sun to partial shade and regular watering in moist, well-drained soil. Their plumes make fantastic dried or preserved bunches, ideal for fall decorating. Find our favorite preserved bunches here in three autumnal tones. 

    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.

  • Best of the Bunch

    September 15, 2014

    At Home
    , Outdoor Living

    Crafted by hand and dried to maintain their vibrant hues, our newest preserved bunches and cheerful wreaths are helping the garden last longer as we prepare for autumn's arrival. Whether brought as a bouquet for a friend, draped as a garland, displayed on a wall, or hung on the bannister, we couldn’t be more inspired by our stylist’s beautiful ideas, above, for incorporating these lively botanicals into your own décor. If you’re feeling crafty, consider mingling these long-lasting blooms with the season’s last fresh cuts for transitional appeal.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 38

    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're loving this series about gatherings for all seasons. (via The Kitchn)

    An unexpected innovator for green farming. (via Modern Farmer)

    Dazzling mineral planters for your tillandsia. (via Anthology)

    A fall apple tart that's as beautiful as it is delicious. (via Hip Foodie Mom)

    We can't wait to cozy up with this fall soup. (via Elephantine)

    Party-ready punch recipes for guests of all ages. (via Design*Sponge)

  • As we enjoy the first days of harvest season, pumpkins are popping up everywhere in our home and garden decor. We love a classic jack o'lantern or a simple group of pumpkins on the doorstep, but we're also getting creative with five fresh ways to use pumpkins and gourds around the house this fall. From tiny, white Baby Boo pumpkins to bold and bumpy gourds, read on for our favorite ways to display these seasonal stars.

    Harvest Vase: Hollow out a tall pumpkin or gourd and fill it with fresh flowers or foraged branches for an all-natural vase. The more unusual, the better! We chose a knobby Blue Hubbard and tucked a few rosehips and fall grasses inside. If you'd like to fill your vase with water, rinse the inside in bleach first or coat the interior with wax to slow down decay.

    Hanging Planters: Hollow out a few pint-sized pumpkins to create a hanging display with big impact. Find our how-to for creating a pumpkin planter here, then suspend a group with loops of string for an elevated indoor garden. We like to fill our pumpkins with miniature ornamental vegetables and trailing vines.

    Pumpkin Plant Stands: Put your favorite pumpkins on a pedestal (or a plant stand) to line fall walkways. Choose pumpkins in unexpected colors or unique shapes-- we like low, flat varieties-- to catch the eye of arriving visitors. 

    Color Story Centerpiece: Pair a grouping of monochromatic pumpkins and fresh foliage with a coordinating platter for an understated autumn centerpiece. We added a pop of color to our arrangement-- inspired by the Diamond Dot Textile Platter-- using rosehip twigs.

    Pumpkin & Willow Obelisk: Fill a Willow Obelisk with an abundance of small, colorful pumpkins and gourds, then place atop a planter for a festive fall greeting. We wrapped our obelisk with Stargazer and Festival lights for evening appeal.

  • Fall at Westwind Orchard

    September 10, 2014

    Outdoor Living

    Recently, a friend gave us a great tip for fall fruit-- head to New York and visit Westwind Orchard. Nestled into the Hudson Valley, Westwind is a 32-acre organic orchard and farm owned by a stylish couple-- fashion editor Laura Ferrara and photographer Fabio Chizzola (who took the beautiful photos above). When they bought Westwind in 2002, the pair searched unsuccessfully for a farmer to revive the orchard. So Fabio dug into organic farming and they decided to take on the project themselves. Since then, they've worked tirelessly to restore their historic orchard, pruning the decades-old trees, building beehives, and growing a remarkable variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables. At the height of harvest season, Laura and Fabio took a break to chat with us about fall at Westwind.

    terrain: It's a busy season for you at Westwind-- what's happening at the orchard these days?

    Laura & Fabio: We're harvesting some of our favorite crops-- apples and berries. Because we had a very cold winter followed by a lot of rain, our apple crop is on the smaller side this year and we haven't been able to offer pick-your-own, but we're still picking plenty of apples for our visitors to enjoy. Our crop of organic berries, however, is incredible. We send many to restaurants in NYC, but there are plenty for visitors to pick on their own, too. We're also harvesting onions, garlic, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and honey. 

    Every year, it's our goal to introduce some new products at the orchard store, where we sell our produce as well as our own honey, maple syrup, jams, apple sauce, and even kindling, plus some local and fair trade products we love. This year, we're making cider vinegars using our apples; we've got a variety flavored with our raspberries, and one with our honey. We're also making chocolates and gelato with our raspberries and pumpkins! Finally, we're making pizzas now; both of us are from Italy, so we built a wood fired oven at the orchard and serve Neopolitan pizza with organic toppings from the farm.