Louis Armstrong’s House and Garden Trumpet Historic Preservation

April 30, 2012


The Armstrong house garden in Corona, Queens. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

The great jazz artist, Louis Armstrong spent his last 28 years in a modest home in Corona, Queens. Armstrong’s fourth wife Lucille purchased the house in 1943 … Read More...

Colorful Self-Watering Vertical Garden Walls

April 28, 2012

When I spotted these colorful modular vertical planter systems at the Independent Garden Centers show, they reminded me of Uten.Silo, the classic 1969 wall storage containers designed for Vitra by Dorothee Becker. Their design cousin, Bellavaz, are modular self-watering … Read More...

New York City Places With Gardens Vie For $3 Million in Historic Preservation Funds

April 26, 2012


The Empire State Building glows in blue and white to celebrate launch of Partners in Preservation. Image used
with permission from ESBC.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today the names of 40 New York City historic buildings, icons, Read More...

Creative Container Gardening With Modular Planters

April 25, 2012

Handmade of Ohio of white stoneware clay in their small Illinois studio, these modular planters from Good Erdle can be creatively configured to suit your space. The pots were inspired by designer/partner Andrew Erdle’s desire for a good-looking tabletop modular … Read More...

This Planter Has Got the Edge

April 24, 2012

Just as its name implies, Barcelona industrial designer, Gerard Moliné’s terra cotta Half Pot sits on the edge of an indoor or outdoor table, office cabinet, or top of a low wall.

It could also work on the edge of … Read More...

DIY Window Herb Garden From IKEA Pots

April 19, 2012

I come from a healthy family tree of Midwest farmers, but by the time I inherited the family’s green thumb it was actually more like a dry shade of brown. After being uprooted last year from the never-ending greenness I … Read More...

Urban Farm Pop-Up Shop Sprouts in Brooklyn

April 17, 2012

Brooklyn’s new urban farming  pop-up shop, Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply, is part of the emerging trend of retailers who are going beyond merely making products available–they are creating an experience–selling a lifestyle in offering knowledge and ideas … Read More...

Floating in a Suspended Cocoon Chair

April 16, 2012

I spotted these bentwood suspended chairs in Paris at last September’s Maison et Objet Outdoor show. Designed for his company, Concept Suspendu by William Lelasseux, the chairs offer a feeling of weightlessness while hanging (literally) out in the garden, or … Read More...

My Green Creative Evening at Esty Labs

April 14, 2012

I would make any excuse to go to Brooklyn these days, a hub of creativity, urban farms, and great food. So I jumped at the chance to attend the recent Etsy Labs event, Hands-On: Dirt.


There were no plants Read More...

Spring Nights Call For a Cool Fire Pit

April 13, 2012

Appropriately named, Brandy, is a cast-iron fire pit shaped as a brandy glass. Standing just over 3 feet, the heat-resistant Brandy will keep you toasty while drinking up a cool spring or summer evening outdoors.… Read More...

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