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Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

The Drunken Botanist branches out: Amy Stewart’s new crime novel

Writer Amy Stewart is widely known for her six nonfiction titles about gardening—and the allure, curiosity, and danger of plants and the natural world. Stewart has appeared in Sunset‘s pages on topics ranging from the cut-flower industry to poisonous plants to botanical cocktails, all themes of her bestselling books.

4 new hotels in the West, perfect for a staycation

September’s greatest road trip, an alien invasion and more great travel finds

It’s time to plan your weekend! Here with inspiration: our 5 favorite travel finds of the week.