Botanical

Seed-Saving 101: Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving 101: Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Another great aspect of fall is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food gardens have probably noticed the

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Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Singing flowers used to live only in the fanciful realm of cartoons, but like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Disney Research presents “Botanicus Interacticus”, an interactive music game

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Is Your Honey Counterfeit? Honey Detective Vaughn Bryant Can Tell

Is Your Honey Counterfeit? Honey Detective Vaughn Bryant Can Tell

Honeycomb photo from Shutterstock According to Food Safety News, a third or more of all honey consumed in the United States has been smuggled illegally into the US and may contain antibiotics and heavy

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Flip & Tumble’s Recycled Felt Pod Planters Add a Burst of Greenery to Any Room

Flip & Tumble’s Recycled Felt Pod Planters Add a Burst of Greenery to Any Room

The green thumbs at Flip & Tumble have harnessed the power of the pod with their fresh felt planters shaped like flying saucers.  Made from 100% recycled material, these fuzzy planters add color and

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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Seed Money: Leafcutter Design’s Plantable Paper Coins Flourish into Flowers!

Seed Money: Leafcutter Design’s Plantable Paper Coins Flourish into Flowers!

Oakland-based Leafcutter Design has created plant-able money that is just as whimsical as Monopoly money but a lot more green. These beautiful paper pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters are embedded with

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The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

Germany-based designer Viktor Alexander Kolbig has created the Aura - a living lamp that can be controlled by lightly touching its petals and leaves! Combining nature and technology, the system uses a

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Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati Has a Big Urban Impact

Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati Has a Big Urban Impact

Back in the spring of 2011, John G. Smale, the former Chairman of Procter & Gamble, gave a gift of $20 million to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation in honor of his late wife Phyllis. This great urban

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John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife

John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife

Many of Magee's designs have qualified for the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat program, which rewards homeowners, schools, parks, businesses, or other entities for creating

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Philip Houiellebecq’s Auxano is a Hydroponic Indoor Herb and Vegetable Grower For City Dwellers

Philip Houiellebecq’s Auxano is a Hydroponic Indoor Herb and Vegetable Grower For City Dwellers

Growing plants takes time and dedication. It requires balanced watering, enough sunlight and nutrients, not to mention space capacity. Auxano Vegetable and Herb Grower is compact, requires no soil or

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London’s Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Brings Fresh Veggies, Flowers and a Place to Sit in the Sun

London’s Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Brings Fresh Veggies, Flowers and a Place to Sit in the Sun

Perched atop the lively Southbank Centre, the nearly 4,000 square foot garden was transformed from the previously vacant sundeck, which was never completed by the building’s architects. Over the course

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Berlin’s Secret Garden Is a Green Oasis Full or Fruits and Veggies for the Community to Enjoy

Berlin’s Secret Garden Is a Green Oasis Full or Fruits and Veggies for the Community to Enjoy

One of Berlin's most beautiful assets is its vast amount of green spaces and community gardens, which include Prinzessinnengarten and this spectacular retreat in Tempelhof made from recycled

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Azuma Makato’s Lush Sculptures are Made From Hundreds of Folded Leaves

Azuma Makato’s Lush Sculptures are Made From Hundreds of Folded Leaves

Many of the works in the exhibition are oversized circular wall medallions that are overflowing with greenery. For one piece, Makato carefully folded hundreds, if not thousands, of green leaves, creating

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Barking Bathhouse is a Temporary Green Spa and Bar for the Olympic Games in London

Barking Bathhouse is a Temporary Green Spa and Bar for the Olympic Games in London

Olympic mania is bound to create more than a few knotted shoulders, so Create commissioned Something and Son to build a temporary spa in London for residents and visitors alike. But the design firm's

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Paris’ Promenade Plantée Gave Inspiration to New York’s High Line Park

Paris’ Promenade Plantée Gave Inspiration to New York’s High Line Park

The Vincennes railway line was active through Paris from 1859 to 1969, until it was abandoned when the more modern RER train line was built. As Paris grew, buildings were erected around the Vincennes

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Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Located 90 miles away from Santiago, Chile, the city of Chimbarongo has managed economic growth since the beginning of the century thanks to its mimbre tradition. However, this craft is steadily

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A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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Labor For Love: Idaho Farm Introduces ‘Weed Dating’ For Local Singles

Labor For Love: Idaho Farm Introduces ‘Weed Dating’ For Local Singles

Seedling Image from Shutterstock Bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'green dating', an entrepreneurial farmer has opened up her farm in northwest Boise, Idaho for one night a year to play host

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The Sky Hive Is a Towering High Rise for Bees in Downtown Maastricht

The Sky Hive Is a Towering High Rise for Bees in Downtown Maastricht

Sky Hive’s first prototype has been placed in the heavily foot-trafficked Sphinxpark, where locals and their families congregate daily. In bright yellow with the words “HIVE” painted on the side,

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Designer Byron Rich Creates an Interactive Bio-Sculpture Map of the World

Designer Byron Rich Creates an Interactive Bio-Sculpture Map of the World

Things you neglect grow fainter in no time. Conversely, with a bit of care, you can help such stuff regain normalcy. Byron Rich, a Calgary-born, New York-based industrial designer, has put this idea into

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Mischer’traxler’s Leafy Living Necklace Dazzles With Seeds Instead of Gemstones

Mischer’traxler’s Leafy Living Necklace Dazzles With Seeds Instead of Gemstones

Viennese design duo Mischer'traxler teamed up with Rozet & Fischmeister jewelers to create a beautiful line of leafy green jewelry that you can grow yourself! The beautiful organic jewelry starts as a

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The Barnes Foundation Moves Into New Green Digs Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

The Barnes Foundation Moves Into New Green Digs Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Located in the city of Merion, Pennsylvania, the building was built to mirror the layout of its prior home. Consisting of large horizontal volumes, one on top of the other, the new design does do the

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Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

A towering baobab tree made from colorful strands of recycled textiles recently rose on the bank of the River Thames in London. Dubbed “Under the Baobab”, the art installation was created by

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Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

The renovated green space measures nearly 2,100 square-feet and is filled with lush tropical greenery. With a concrete green ribbon flowing throughout the interior space, the air is cleaner and the

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Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

ALTS Design Office's naturally lit Kofunaki House has two levels. The furniture, stairs and some of the home's floors are entirely made from light wood. On the ground level, some parts of the concrete

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‘Elevator B’ is a Gleaming Skyscraper Home for Bees!

‘Elevator B’ is a Gleaming Skyscraper Home for Bees!

The bees were moved to the honeycomb-inspired structure after they were discovered living in an abandoned and decaying grain mill nearby. The gorgeous Elevator B is a suitable new home for the thriving

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Plants Can ‘Talk’ To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots

Plants Can ‘Talk’ To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots

  Photo via Shutterstock Watch what you say around your houseplants -- they can probably hear you, and they might even be talking about you. The idea that plants communicate with each other is

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Bruce Munro’s Gorgeous Fields of LED Flowers Bloom at Longwood Gardens!

Bruce Munro’s Gorgeous Fields of LED Flowers Bloom at Longwood Gardens!

“Light: Installations by Bruce Munro” marks the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition. His fantastical pieces harmonize within the landscaped grounds and antique greenhouses, creating a glowing

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New Study Finds that Pollution Turns Carnivorous Plants Into Vegetarians

New Study Finds that Pollution Turns Carnivorous Plants Into Vegetarians

Dr. Jonathan Millet from Loughborough University has revealed that pollution is causing carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap, to change their behavior and become vegetarian. An increase in acid

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Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Hot, muggy and sooty, Ho Chi Minh City can wear down even the most intrepid urban dweller, so there's nothing better than coming home to a peaceful residence that is flooded with soothing natural light

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