Botanical

How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

The Marshall strawberry, once regarded as "the finest eating strawberry in America," is facing extinction. Like so many other heirloom fruit and vegetables, it fell out of commercial favor in the 1960s as

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into

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Green Partition Lets You Customize Your Own Indoor Living Wall

Green Partition Lets You Customize Your Own Indoor Living Wall

If you've ever dreamt of having more greenery around the house, here's a great solution for you: Ann Baldina has designed a Green Partition system that isn't just gorgeous; it also helps to purify the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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Bio-artist Joe Davis to Build a Genetically Modified ‘Tree of Knowledge’ With Wikipedia Pages

Bio-artist Joe Davis to Build a Genetically Modified ‘Tree of Knowledge’ With Wikipedia Pages

Bio-artist Joe Davis plans to place 50,000 of the most popular Wikipedia pages into the DNA of apple trees to create a genetically modified Tree of Knowledge. Called Malus ecclesia, the project is part of

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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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East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

Londoners interested in urban food production and medicinal plants should head over to Nomad's medicinal field in Bethnal Green this weekend. An exciting series of talks from Phytology collaborators will

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DIY Modular Concrete Planters Let You Create Living Walls in Your Space

DIY Modular Concrete Planters Let You Create Living Walls in Your Space

If you're looking for planters above and beyond the normal terra cotta options, then these might just be perfect for you. Easy to make, these modular concrete planters from A Piece of Rainbow are

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Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Tomorrow Machine and INFARM envision Microgarden as the "next generation of home farming," in which the miniature greenhouse serves as an affordable and space-efficient way to grow pesticide-free

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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GSky Spruces up Organic Avenue’s New Flagship Store with a Verdant Living Wall

GSky Spruces up Organic Avenue’s New Flagship Store with a Verdant Living Wall

Green walls are gaining popularity in design circles all over the world, so naturally they're going to make a solid appearance in trendy health food/vegan cafes in NYC as well. Organic Avenue, a health

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Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

When it comes to organic foods, the labels you see at the grocery store might not be as straightforward as you expect. You might assume those organic apples were grown without antibiotics, but the USDA

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Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb.

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Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Looking to bring a splash of green into your tiny city apartment? Check out Cella, a new, creative product designed by firm Ecoid that aims to bring urban people closer to nature. Constructed of flexible,

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of

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A New Take on Posy Rings: Floral Jewelry that Kids Can Create Themselves

A New Take on Posy Rings: Floral Jewelry that Kids Can Create Themselves

When you were a child, did you ever make rings out of dandelion stems, or weave flowers into a crown to wear? Nearly every kid on the planet will decorate themselves with blossoms at some point, and these

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

José Rodrigues de Araùjo's fabulous Bota Bandeira boots (displayed at the Brazilian exhibition) look like they could be worn by Oberon himself. Italian designer Giorgio Caporaso created this

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the present. She found

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Brooklyn's Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof. Designed by SHoP Architects, the new planted

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Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Italians Piuarch and Cornelius Gavril are planing to fill a whole gallery space with suspended Japanese-style kokedamas. Made with moss as plant containers and designed for the upcoming Fuorisalone, the

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Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

"As people travel these days and can also shop online, they are becoming increasingly spoiled. These spoiled consumers therefore require pampering to an ever greater extent. It’s about service, for

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even features

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London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London's Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade panel which

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The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

Photo from Shutterstock Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to name and catalog the plants and animals around them. The adoption of a common taxonomic system from naturalist Carolus Linnaeus and

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British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Reading recently managed to revive an ancient patch of moss that was covered by Antarctic ice for 1,500 years! Working on the

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Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

In a giant case of "we told you so", a group of scientists from Iowa State University published a report this week citing evidence that corn rootworms have evolved to become resistant to genetically

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