Gift Guide: Summer Garden

Self-watering systems, tool cleaning equipment, handmade planters and more

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of maintaining a lush jungle at home—whether you have acres of land or a one-room apartment. During the hotter months, it’s especially important to focus on your plants—keeping in mind not to hydrate them after dark (hot, humid nights can lead to fungal development), avoiding repotting during a heatwave or setting up a watering system when you go away …

Pittsburgh Firm mossArchitects Revamps Thai Restaurant Pusadee’s Garden

Recently reopened, the minimal, modern outpost features its own built-in bookends

Upper Lawrenceville Thai restaurant Pusadee’s Garden pleased Pittsburgh diners until closing in 2017 for what they called “a major renovation.” Plans were in the works for a total revamp. Locals opined over how long they imagined the idyllic, though relatively DIY, spot would remain shuttered—and what exactly the renovations would look like. Publications pondered the same questions until a poster taped inside the restaurant’s front …

Unearthed Treasures From Tyrant Caligula’s Garden of Delights

First-century tyrant Caligula used a magical estate and its accompanying garden as a retreat during his four-year reign. (He was also assassinated there.) On the outskirts of Rome, on Esquiline Hill, Caligula housed imported animals and oddities, oversaw the construction of an exquisite botanical complex and leveraged his wealth. Scholars believed that when he died, his estate was likely pillaged and the belongings unlikely to …