Botanical

Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s English Roofing Tile Could Transform Any Roof into a Vibrant Garden

Roel de Boer’s New English Roofing Tile is a new green building product that could transform urban roofs into vibrant gardens. The plastic tiles are shaped like triangular pockets that can be placed on

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Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Space Farms: Heliospectra LED Lighting System Could Grow Veggies in Space

Heliospectra’s new LED lighting system has been chosen by the German Aerospace Center (DRL) as part of the EDEN (Evolution and Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition sources) research initiative.

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3D-Printed Aqueduct Planters Have a Built-in Trickle-Down Irrigation System

3D-Printed Aqueduct Planters Have a Built-in Trickle-Down Irrigation System

Aqueduct is a new 3D printed mini planter system that can be set up in an amazing array of configurations. The modular system utilizes the connections between each planter as a method of transferring

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Artist David Nash Unveils Beautiful Sculptures Made From Fallen Trees at Kew Gardens

Artist David Nash Unveils Beautiful Sculptures Made From Fallen Trees at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a 326-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 30 minutes by Tube from central London. The gardens boast a soaring treetop walkway, galleries and iconic listed buildings. David Nash,

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

Photo via Shutterstock Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released inside the

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Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Festivals and beer go hand in hand - and the wait in line for the nearest port-o-potty is usually a long one. To address the issue, French design firm Faltazi has created the Uritonnoir - a straw

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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The Archangel Tree Project Plants its First Cloned Redwoods in Seven Countries

The Archangel Tree Project Plants its First Cloned Redwoods in Seven Countries

Photo via Shutterstock Back in January we covered the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a project dedicated to preserving the world’s old-growth trees by cloning them. This week, in celebration of

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Indian Man Announces Plans to Plant Second 1,300 Acre Forest by Hand

Indian Man Announces Plans to Plant Second 1,300 Acre Forest by Hand

Jadav “Molai” Payeng, the man who spent 30 years planting a 1,360 acre forest in India, is at it again. Now that the forest is complete, the Indian farmer plans to spend the next 30 years planting

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The POTHRA Flower Pot is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

The POTHRA Flower Pot is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

Matthew Waldman and his team at Nooka just unveiled a new line of POTHRA planters made from recycled coffee grounds! The team started experimenting with discarded coffee grinds left by consumers and

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Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

We love featuring treetop lounges and forest escapes here at Inhabitat - but not everyone has the good fortune to live amidst a lush green wilderness. For those who yearn to take leave of the city and

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Scientists Use Bees to Fight Fruit Tree Fire Blight

Scientists Use Bees to Fight Fruit Tree Fire Blight

Apple and pear trees are often at risk for fire blight, but unfortunately by the time a tree shows signs of disease it's too late and surrounding arbors have already been infected. Researchers at the

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MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas

MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas

Long gone are the days when Las Vegas casino owners booked the Rat Pack and did whatever was necessary to keep patrons at the gambling tables. With the arrival of Cirque du Soleil, family-friendly

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Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The

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The Nourishmat All-In-One Gardening Tool Makes Starting a Garden Easy

The Nourishmat All-In-One Gardening Tool Makes Starting a Garden Easy

The Nourishmat is an all-in-one gardening tool (complete with built-in drip irrigation and a pre-spaced planting guide) that acts as a weed barrier and simplifies the gardening process while maximizing

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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FreshWall Indoor Vertical Garden Purifies the Air While Growing Fresh Veggies

FreshWall Indoor Vertical Garden Purifies the Air While Growing Fresh Veggies

FreshWall is a vertical garden that redefines indoor agriculture while maximizing the air purification ability of plants. The innovative green wall combines high-end technology with Scandinavian design

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Veronika Szalai’s Living Furniture is Made From Woven Willow Trees

Veronika Szalai’s Living Furniture is Made From Woven Willow Trees

Szalai’s Living Furniture offers a cozy respite from a day of trekking. Made from living twigs and branches, the basket chairs leave no footprint on the grounds in which they sit. Szalai prefers

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Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests

Study Finds Fungi is Responsible for Majority of Carbon Sequestration in Northern Forests

Northern boreal forests are easily recognized for their majestic trees and have been credited with helping to sequester much of the world's carbon dioxide. It was originally thought that vegetative matter

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Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden’s Second Generation Lets You Cultivate Fresh Food Indoors

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden’s Second Generation Lets You Cultivate Fresh Food Indoors

Spring has officially arrived, although you wouldn't know it in many parts of the country. With all of that snow on the ground, what is an anxious gardener to do? Just in time for planting season, Click

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Cedar photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Japan-based Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute just announced they have "successfully developed the first allergy-free

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Keith Jennings Carves Mysterious Spirits into Living Trees

Keith Jennings Carves Mysterious Spirits into Living Trees

Through his work, Keith Jennings draws a connection between human spirituality and the environment. The serene and wise expressions create an emotional connection to plants that may at first feel distant

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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character.

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Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Turenscape Architects Turns a 54-Acre Garbage Dump Into a Luscious Low-Maintenance Park in China

Tianjin Bridged – Qiaoyuan post-industrial park is a 54-acre site built on what was once a heavy polluted, littered and deserted garbage dump. The city’s municipal government called Turenscape to

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Collapsible Leaves: Azuma Makoto Fills Japanese Department Store With Lush Living Plant Sculptures!

Collapsible Leaves: Azuma Makoto Fills Japanese Department Store With Lush Living Plant Sculptures!

Azuma Makoto's “The Art of Plants" exhibit consists of sprawling leafy installations that grow throughout the department store’s columns, clothing displays and walls. Drawing a connection between the

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Arbor Lux: Enchanting Lamps Made from Rescued Trees Topped with Sap Resin Lights

Arbor Lux: Enchanting Lamps Made from Rescued Trees Topped with Sap Resin Lights

O'Neil makes every effort to create work that is as sustainable and responsible as possible. He enjoys turning his client’s household scraps into useful and unique pieces of furniture, lighting or art,

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ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit Turns Any 20-Gallon Aquarium Into an Indoor Garden

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit Turns Any 20-Gallon Aquarium Into an Indoor Garden

The ECO-Cycle ™ Aquaponics Kit is an innovative retrofit system that turns an aquarium into a productive garden. Sized for a standard 20-gallon aquarium and suitable for smaller tropical aquarium fish

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Seedballs: Marble-Sized Balls Packed with Wildflower Seeds for Guerilla Gardening

Seedballs: Marble-Sized Balls Packed with Wildflower Seeds for Guerilla Gardening

In 2010, a group of sustainability academics launched a global eco-social enterprise called MAYA to make sure their research would have real world impact. Now, the team has come up with a new way to

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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