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Cupcake Garden

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Adorable springtime garden gift $20.00

Plant some springtime fun with this miniature seed starting kit. Designed exclusively for terrain, each giftable kit contains an eco-concrete cupcake pot, organic soil, and seeds to grow a tiny crop of wheatgrass....read more

Gardening for Climate Change

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Forget what you know about what grows where

James Barilla, author and professor of creative writing at the University of South Carolina, offers us an alternative to dispair when it comes to gardening in the age of climate change: This past winter was a tough one in our backyard. Where we live, about a hundred miles inland from the South Carolina coast, winter is normally a good time to make changes, like the swath of turf I removed from......read more

A Tale of Two Rooftops

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Latest Perennial Plate episode stars rooftop gardeners in Beijing and Hong Kong

In the latest episode of The Perennial Plate, series creators Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine travel to East Asia, where urban farming is beginning to take hold on empty rooftops. The clip introduces us to Osbert Lam at City Farm in Hong Kong and Guichun Zhang in Beijing, each of whom have created rooftop garden oases in their respective cities. In both cases, it seems like the motives......read more

Diego Stocco: Music From A Tree

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A sound designer and composer jams out with nature in his garden

Italian-born, California-based sound designer and composer Diego Stocco is Internet famous for making music using random sounds from natural "instruments." This video, "Music From A Tree," is our fave. Looking outside at an oddly-shaped tree in his Burbank garden, Stocca decided to mic it up and make music from it: To tune the tree I picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by......read more

Sri Lankan Living Building to be World's Largest Vertical Garden

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This 46-floor apartment block will be home to 33,000 plants

A residential high-rise project located just outside of the Sri Lankan port city of Colombo will be home to over 33,000 shrubs and a rare tree species. Rising 46 stories and topped with a solar panel-covered rooftop, Clearpoint Residencies will boast the world's tallest residential vertical garden.  The 146-unit complex was designed in by Sri Lanka-based architectural......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

A Year on the Road: Prinzessinnen-Garten

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This community garden is the green lung of urban Berlin

Imagine a modern city where natural resources are protected and conserved, food and inspiration are shared commodities, and every spare urban space is used to let biodiversity and fresh food thrive. This is the future that Marco Clausen and Robert Shaw have imagined for Berlin, Germany. They were so inspired by Cuba’s “agricultura urbana” that they broke ground at Moritzplatz in......read more

Young Farmers: Corbett

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A budding green thumb skates to the community garden to man his plot--and grab an after-school snack

Corbett, our newest Young Farmers subject, comes by his interest in gardening honestly. Raised until the age of six on a farm near Lake Tahoe, the teen green thumb was exposed to the practice of growing food at an early age. Now living in Los Angeles, he tends to a community farm plot right off the freeway that produces everything from corn and peppers to zucchini and tomato. Check out......read more

Young Farmers: Katie

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Under Katie's guidance, a high school garden brings together students of all stripes

We're big fans of school gardens around here. They're a great way to use the schoolyard as a classroom and teach students valuable concepts about food and agriculture. Katie, our latest Young Farmers subject, leads a gardening program at an extension high school in Claremont, California, where at-risk students get a chance to grow their own veggies. By literally getting their hands dirty,......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

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