Botanical

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

Photo via Shutterstock Fuji apples have always been known to be one of the sweetest varieties to take a bite out of, but if you noticed that apples are tasting a little less sweet these days, you

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The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

For those trapped in an office who yearn to gaze upon a bucolic landscape, the Ienami Bonkei Planter by Japanese designer Chiaki Murata is the perfect desk accessory. Bonkei is the art of creating natural

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The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

Photo via Shutterstock It's a case of too much of a good thing: A surge in the number of hives in some cities might actually be causing harm to the local honey bee population. According to an article

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Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures

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Scientists Develop Robotic Plants To Test Soil in All Environments

Scientists Develop Robotic Plants To Test Soil in All Environments

A group of Italian scientists have taken artificial plants to the next level, creating the world’s first bionic plant. The robotic plants have roots that grow and unwind into soil just like the real

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The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

Those who strive to be eco-conscious in life can also leave a legacy of caring for the planet after they pass away. The Spiritree is a biodegradable cinerary urn that holds cremated remains of the

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Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Desert photo from Shutterstock A group of German scientists led by Klaus Becker of the University of Hohenheim believes that planting drought-tolerant vegetation in arid regions could capture CO2 and

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The Rapid Bee Decline Has Inspired Martha Stewart to Care for Hives of Her Own

The Rapid Bee Decline Has Inspired Martha Stewart to Care for Hives of Her Own

Here at Inhabitat, we often talk about how important bees are to the environment and how much their survival is being threatened by things like pesticides, infections and habitat encroachment. Martha

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Alice Kim’s Plant Pregnancy Vest Lets You Provide Special Care for Seedlings

Alice Kim’s Plant Pregnancy Vest Lets You Provide Special Care for Seedlings

Is it a girl? A boy? What about a vegetable? Proud green thumbs can now lavish special attention onto their leafy friends with Alice Kim's Plant Pregnancy vest and stroller. The design student from

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Courtesy of Nature: Temporary Gallery Space Frames Nature as Art

Courtesy of Nature: Temporary Gallery Space Frames Nature as Art

Courtesy of Nature is a contextual art installation by Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing that frames existing plant life within a gallery-like space. Instead of creating a new object to be placed on existing

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking satellite data of

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The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

Quinoa seems like the perfect grain. The little golden seed is gluten-free, low in calories, high in protein, tasty, and able to grow in arid climates. In recent years, it has gained popularity among

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Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

It's clear that global warming is going to require some serious adaptation. While some life on this planet digs in its heels, other lifeforms-- like trees -- are already adapting to climate change. A

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Amazing Botanical Sculptures Bring Fairytale Landscapes to Life in Montréal

Amazing Botanical Sculptures Bring Fairytale Landscapes to Life in Montréal

Mosaiculture is a horticultural art form that involves creating and mounting living artworks made mostly from plants. The colorful foliage, usually annuals and sometimes perennials, are combined with two-

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Yield Deign’s Beautiful Birch Planter Boxes Give Your Plants a Pop of Color

Yield Deign’s Beautiful Birch Planter Boxes Give Your Plants a Pop of Color

The Yield Planter Box is handcrafted in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its clean architectural lines contrast with the raw birch ply to provide an elegant display for succulents, cacti, herbs and more. Each

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Algorithmic ‘Printed’ Fields Could Make Farms More Productive and Resilient

Algorithmic ‘Printed’ Fields Could Make Farms More Productive and Resilient

As Gizmodo points out, combination planting isn't exactly a new technique; planting different crops in close proximity to ward off pests and disease is a strategy that has been practiced for a long time -

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HASSELL Unveils Living Roofs at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus

HASSELL Unveils Living Roofs at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus

The Burnley Living Roofs are made up of three separate green roofs—the Demonstration Roof, the Research Roof and the Biodiversity Roof. The Demonstration Roof welcomes visitors, showcasing planted zones

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Smart Small is a Collection of Small, Modular Planters for Herbs and Mosses

Smart Small is a Collection of Small, Modular Planters for Herbs and Mosses

For the 2013 International Garden Festival, Massachusetts-based architecture firm Ecoid unveiled Smart Small, a garden composed of hundreds of small modular units that highlight the beauty and

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Australian Artist Creates Dream-like Creatures from Felt, Moss, Dirt and Twigs

Australian Artist Creates Dream-like Creatures from Felt, Moss, Dirt and Twigs

Australian artist Mylyn Nguyen first started her craft when she decided she wanted to give form to imaginary friends. She first drew some pictures of what they would look like, and then sculpted them from

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Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

The Fagerstrom House is a modern home that bends around a tree that gives its inhabitants some shade, fresh air and leafy views. Its gentle curved form creates an interior spatial flow that would have

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Mega Wasp Nest in Florida Buzzes with Over a Million Bugs

Mega Wasp Nest in Florida Buzzes with Over a Million Bugs

Just as stories of dwindling pollinator populations have been hitting the news, one man in Florida has discovered the wasp mother lode. Entomologist and bee removal expert Jonathan Simkins was called in

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Recycled Wood Plant Pickets Point out Fruits and Veggies in Your Edible Garden

Recycled Wood Plant Pickets Point out Fruits and Veggies in Your Edible Garden

Plant Pickets are recycled eight-inch wood stakes that can be stuck into the ground to help organize the complexity of edible gardens. Whether you're growing broccoli, tomatoes, peas, or kale, Plant

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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London Plans a High Line-Style Park for the River Thames

London Plans a High Line-Style Park for the River Thames

London may be getting its own version of the High Line park along the River Thames. The team of Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons landscape architects were chosen in a competition organized by RIBA

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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Artist Giuseppe Licari Transforms a Dutch Gallery into an Indoor Park

Artist Giuseppe Licari Transforms a Dutch Gallery into an Indoor Park

For his new "Public Room" exhibition, artist Giuseppe Licari transformed the Hommes Gallery in Rotterdam into an indoor park - complete with a large grassy lawn, small trees, and even birds. The

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1012 Terra’s Modern Terrariums Suspend Plants in Mid-Air

1012 Terra’s Modern Terrariums Suspend Plants in Mid-Air

Tsumanuma and Yamada wanted to create a fuss-free terrarium that is both modern and simple. Rather than creating tableaus of moss, rocks, dirt and flora, 1012 Terra focuses on showcasing just a single

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Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden & Outdoor Kitchen Connect Visitors with Food

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden & Outdoor Kitchen Connect Visitors with Food

What was once an asphalt parking lot to support the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is now a lush garden filled with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees. Completely edible, the garden was built to showcase the food

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