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Clover Chadwick: Creative Plant Design

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The owner of Dandelion Ranch carves her own garden path

Clover Chadwick, owner of Dandelion Ranch here in Los Angeles, describes her approach to floral design as "natural, organic, balanced, with lots of movement." It's a design philosophy rooted in her experiences studying agriculture and working in a Napa eatery, where fresh, seasonal ingredients were the order of the day. Chadwick's creations involve wild, native plants that are outside the realm......read more

Unlikely Conservation Allies

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The Nature Conservancy forges surprising partnerships to further its mission

Environmental advocacy generally takes one of two forms. There is the confrontational, in-your-face approach favored by groups like Greenpeace and Earth First, whereby polluters and other eco villains are stood up to, often by force. And then there is the conciliatory, cooperative approach, through which groups with seemingly opposing ideals and motivations work together to find common ground.......read more

Old Time Sling Shot

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Throwback toy made from a 'Y' branch of the Buckthorn bush $25.00

Coming from the same folks who brought you the Original Tree Swing, this classic sling shot is handcrafted from branches of the Buckthorn bush. The Buckthorn is a common European hedge plant found across the northern US, and is now considered an invasive species. The hardwood "Y" branches are ideal for sling shots, and harvesting Buckthorn wood has the added benefit of helping control the......read more

Badly Drawn Boy, "Too Many Miracles"

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Animated video finds the singer exchanging his trademark wool cap for leaves and branches.

In the newish video for Badly Drawn Boy's single "Too Many Miracles," the UK singer-songwriter trades in his signature wool hat to shapeshift into a tree, a transformation made possible via some excellent compositing work from John Harrison. There's a bit of a mixed message to the narrative (is that supposed to be a happy ending?) but it looks good, so we're not going to......read more

Conrad Crespin: Riddle Ranch

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Portland artist pays homage to his Dad with these collaborative mixed media works

There's something innately visually satisfying about basic shapes. Squares, triangles and circles seem to speak to something primal within our brains that makes our synapses do a happy dance. Or at least that's what this collection of mixed media works from Conrad Crespin does for us. The Portland, OR-based artist and designer applied basic red forms to old black-and-white photographs to......read more

Toolives

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Olive tree branch salad servers collected from the ancient shores of Anatolia. $29.00

Once a year, olive pickers prune the trees on the Aegean shores of Anatolia — one of the oldest regions of olive cultivation in the world. Those pruning sessions yield these fully natural salad servers made from olive branches. Designed by Koray Ozgen for ODUN, the branches are hand turned on one extremity only, which becomes a smooth handle for tossing and serving green salad. Each pair......read more

Guerrilla Grafters: Covert Farming in the City

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Underground growers secretly splice fruit-bearing branches onto city trees

Guerrilla Grafters are vandals with hearts of gold. For the past year, the renegade gardeners have been risking the wrath of city officials by secretly splicing fruit-bearing twigs onto barren public trees in the Bay Area. Combining guerrilla gardening with urban farming, the group aims to use the city's trees to provide "delicious, nutritious fruit for urban residents." Passers-by are......read more

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