Botanical

7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

We’ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage land in Palestine.

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This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your own yard or your immediate neighborhood? There is an easy way to tell and it also happens to make your home look amazing while doing it. The

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Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

London's Crossrail Station stands by the waters of Canary Wharf's North Dock, just steps away from the underground station -- also designed by Foster & Partners. Its unique design will feature a

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Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure—they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don't need electricity to

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Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

The stunning Boomslang walkway is a permanent attraction at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and provides amazing views of one of the country's most celebrated arboretums. It was named after a

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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Spectacular Rangoli Designs Made from Naturally Colored Rice and Flour Pop Up in India

Spectacular Rangoli Designs Made from Naturally Colored Rice and Flour Pop Up in India

The Rangoli motives fill the streets of India during the Diwali, Onam and Pongal festivals but also during weddings and special gatherings. A millenary practice, the Rangolis are traditionally made by

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Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Homegrown food is so good, it has never gone out of style. However, a new study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more in style than ever. It is so popular that

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Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the average person might not be aware of just how beneficial these herbal medicines can be. Earthscape is a crew of Japanese landscape

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing, calming presence as

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Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For instance, in the battle between methane and global warming, garlic could prove to be the little allium that could. Methane is worse for

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We've covered

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Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Camila Carlow is fascinated by our inner deep-biological structures and has created a collection of 13 images collection to represent what we all have inside. Born in Guatemala but based in Bristol, she

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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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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BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

Built to preserve Australia's indigenous botanical heritage, the PlantBank consists of research laboratories and teaching facilities that specialize in studying a collection of 25,000 native seeds.

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Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Do you love the idea of a home full of lush plant life, but can't seem to keep your plants alive? Dutch company Pikaplant has come up with a couple of great ideas that can help everyone bring a bit of

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Zero Maintenance Pikaplant Jar Grows Blooming Plants in a Self-Sustaining Biotope

Zero Maintenance Pikaplant Jar Grows Blooming Plants in a Self-Sustaining Biotope

If you lack a green thumb but aren't willing to settle for fake plants, you'll love the zero maintenance Pikaplant Jar. Modeled after natural water systems, this tabletop plant consists of a specially

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It's a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent

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Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

If you've ever had a surplus of produce from your garden and didn't know what to do with it, or wished that someone nearby had some berries you could trade your zucchini for, you're in luck. RipeNear.Me

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America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

“A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals,” writes Beacon Food Forest co-founder

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