Botanical

The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

Adventurous Londoners will soon be able to take a dip in the chemical-free King’s Cross swimming pool, a man-made freshwater pond filtered and kept clear through natural processes. Designed by Rotterdam

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

NativeCast’s biodegradable boxes provide everything you need to create your own indoor garden. The boxes are shaped like hearts, squares, and round shapes, and inside you'll find a cement compound,

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the landscape of the

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Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

A disused 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg may be getting a plant-covered overhaul by London-based designers, Adjaye Associates. Headed up by David Adjaye, the design would revamp the Hallmark

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector green house can help farmers in arid climates raise fresh vegetables, even during droughts. Dedicated to creating a system of self- reliant farmers in Ethiopia, the greenhouse

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Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Sunnday, March 22nd from 2-4 pm as we host a Planting Seeds Workshop with Matthew Van Diepen & Sarah Klein of Home Grown Gardens LA. Learn about the importance of growing food locally - how it impacts

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles botanicals fresh

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

Recognizing the vital importance of soil for human life, the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils. Without ideal soil health, food security and

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Imagine a world without bees. There would be no blueberries, no cherries, no pumpkins - not even beer. Here’s the problem: Most farmers depend on a single type of bee to pollinate our food and now

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Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Aracil hand-picks flowers, flattens them, and then weaves them together over a cone-shaped paper mold. After a couple of weeks, the flowers dry out to maintain a shape stable enough for the mold to be

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Freight Farms are super efficient hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers

Freight Farms are super efficient hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers

These smart farms can grow a variety of crops and fresh produce, regardless of the time of year or weather conditions, and are connected to the Framhand app which can monitor air and water quality by

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Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Design tours, films, urban farming workshops, and seed exchanges are all part of the fun at the third annual Grow Op exhibition in downtown Toronto this spring. From April 23rd to 26th, 2015, the

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Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

So, it's mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year's

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design uses recycled and reclaimed materials to craft their handmade line of planter pots, vertical gardens, and even wall-mounted and hanging terrariums, featuring reclaimed glass jars. Inspired

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6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) Sorry for using morbidity to illustrate our point, but the ZZ plant is so hardy, it will most likely outlive you. This cockroach of the plant world thrives in almost all

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Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

According to Belatchew Arkitekter's CEO Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, Steps 'is a small house with large spaces.' Designed entirely from high-quality Siberian larch, this home was designed to make the most out

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6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

Those of you who work or have worked in an office are probably familiar with the lifeless 9-5 routine, stress and sedentarism, which are obviously very bad for anyone's health and also, creativity. But

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts and Ultra Dry Skin

DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts and Ultra Dry Skin

Winter isn't merely the season when people slog through sleet and suffer from cracked skin and windburn: it's also the time when many folks head off to warmer climates for a bit of R&R on sandy

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

http://aquaponicsfilter.com/ My name is Ryan and I’m an undergrad at UC San Diego working on a really exciting project going on Kickstarter called the EcoQube. We have had previous success with our

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Stockholm’s Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

Stockholm’s Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

Belatchew Arkitekter’s studio Belatchew Labs are the masterminds behind the Insect City and Buzz Building complex - an integrated facility that hosts full-cycle cricket production, from egg to plate.

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Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear very often: vegan-friendly trophy wall. Akin to a pink elephant, the cruelty-free trophy wall is a rare but wondrous thing, and this botanical interpretation by Elkebana

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51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

Lima-based 51-1 arquitectos where commended to adapt an existing home with a small back garden for a new family. But as the new owners wanted plenty of grassy outdoors, they had to come up with a

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you

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An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

The Espace Bienvenüe sits in the Campus Descartes, a cluster of buildings in Marne-la-Vallée, east of Paris. Topped by a green cruvy roof, it meets the needs of the programme imposed by the Ministry of

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