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Horticulture involves art, science, technology, and business, uniquely human endeavors that intersect with natural systems much larger than us all.

We hear it all the time: our landscapes need restoring. Years of unrealistic expectations and overconsumption, coupled with a disregard for future consequences, have torn, and in some cases trashed, our connection to the environment. But as gardeners, we can—must—be a part of the solution.

This issue is filled with stories about garden creatives who are crafting and tending contemporary gardens that are in sync with local conditions. Leach Botanical Garden recently revealed a charismatic master plan designed to engage the community with exciting plantings, gathering spaces, and new technologies while preserving the vision of founders John and Lilla Leach. Other parts of the West remain crippled by drought. But the innovative response to this challenge is nothing short of inspirational as designers, contractors, city officials, and homeowners, implement new water management strategies to adapt to what appears to be the new normal.

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