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Gardens NYC: Melting Pot

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George Iliopoulos's garden thrives in Staten Island

Growing up on a farm in Greece, New York restauranteur George Iliopoulos learned a thing or two about growing food. At 12, he hopped on a ship and headed to America. He finally settled in Staten Island, where his garden now produces plenty of fresh veggies for his family's table. But it wasn't always easy; despite his understanding of farming, things didn't always grow like he thought they......read more

Gardens NYC: It All Ties In

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A '60s flower child and native Brooklynite shows off his gawwden

If you were in New York City in the late '60s, you may have come across a longhaired Stephen Rutsky out in the streets with his hippy brethren, advocating for social and political change. These days, you're more likely to find him among the abundant greenery of his Park Slope garden, where he practices a quieter, more personal form eco-activism... by growing plants. From beans for his table to......read more

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Original Series: Gardens NYC

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Within the urban jungle, New Yorkers claim their little patch of green

This series was spearheaded by Adrian, whose appreciation of the nature found within the city has always been a part of the beauty of his New York. Director Jason Banker finds a range of subjects -- idiosyncratic Manhattanites and Brooklynites who have cultivated their own gardens and found corners to plant and grow things from vegetables and fruit for their kitchens to herbs for homemade......read more

A Year on the Road: The Walled Gardens

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Stepping back into sustainable Victorian England

Hailing from Norfolk, England, I can’t help but have a sense of pride, especially when it comes to matters of sustainability. With a rich history, I can really nerd out on this stuff. Let's start with the 1700s, when 2/3 of the region was being used to grow food. Throughout the next century, Norfolk farmers gained a reputation for their progressive farming techniques, inspiring English......read more

Gardens NYC: Isa's Oasis

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Isa Brito's herbal elixirs spring from the healing plants in her Williamsburg garden.

Our good friend Isa Brito is the herbalist behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wildcrafted, organic concoctions that we fully endorse (hot tip: try the Blue Chamomile Face Cream ). In this episode of Gardens NYC, we explore the Williamsburg garden where the lives of Isa's tinctures begin. But healing plants aren't the garden's only residents; Isa is down with weeds as well.......read more

Urban Air: Stephen Glassman's Green Kickstarter

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Project aims to transform LA billboards into aerial gardens

Wit the popularlty of New York City's High Line, other cities are looking for ways to incorporate elevated green spaces into public infrastructure. Recently a Los Angeles developer announced plans for "High Line West" in Hollywood. With "Urban Air," LA-based designer and SHFT compadre Stephen Glassman introduces a new twist on the aerial garden rage. The plan involves converting LA billboards......read more

Light: LED Installations by Bruce Munro

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British artist trips the light fantastic at Longwood Gardens

If these pictures are any indication, Bruce Munro's first-ever large-scale solo show won't be his last. In "Light," the British artist fills 23 acres of Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens with six outdoor installations, two interior projects, and a collection of illuminated of illuminated sculptural works. Subtle environmental commentary informs the entire project, from the "Waterlilies" piece......read more

Kids Get Hands Dirty at School Gardens

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In Canada, the school garden trend is in full bloom

As any parent can no doubt attest, kids like dirt. In Canada, teachers are taking advantage of that impulse with seeds and soil that teach kids vital lessons about food, sustainability, and the environment. In fact, school gardens are getting so popular up north that the Canadian charity Nutrients for Life this week launched a school garden network, complete with case studies, lesson guides and......read more

Dye Hard

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Organic gardens deliver natural hues for dyeing fabric

Generating fresh organic produce for the table isn't the only reason for gardening. In fact, the latest rage in growing isn't food-related at all. Trend Central points to the booming number of planters that are cultivating ingredients for all-natural dyes. In Brooklyn, a new CSA project from Sewing Seeds -- a Textile Arts Center initiative promoting the use of natural......read more

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