Five Ways to Refresh and Rejuvenate Your Urban Garden in 2014

January 16, 2014

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It’s easy to spend the entirety of winter dreaming of gardens. Envision candlelit dinners outdoors veiled in the fragrance of flowers, sunny afternoons gathering flavorful herbs, the delicacy of home grown fruit and vegetables in Read More…

Historical Roots: 6 Types of Hydroponic Gardening Systems and Countertop Planters

January 14, 2014

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When my kids were little, they enjoyed a family hydroponic gardening project conducted on the kitchen counter. You may have done the same experiment with your kids. We put a few plant clippings into a clear glass of water so they could watch … Read More…

Magnetic Indoor-Outdoor Planter Adheres to Both Sides of Glass

January 11, 2014

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If there were ever a design that was truly indoor-outdoor, it’s this one. Bliss is a magnetic planter that couldn’t decide if it was an indoor or outdoor container. So it decided to be both, and then some.

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New York City’s Intervale Green Rooftop Urban Farm Cultivates More Than Food

January 10, 2014

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When thinking of the Bronx, the northernmost of New York City’s five boroughs, one might think first of Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, or the New York Botanical Garden. But what about farming?

Up above one of the neighborhood’s residential buildings, Read More…

Guerrilla Gardening By Bicycle in Holland

January 7, 2014

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The Dutch love gardening as much as they love cycling. So it makes sense that friends Mathieu Halkes and Olaf Lemmers combined their mutual passions for the two, blending urban gardening and cycling with another of their interests: guerrilla gardening.

The two began … Read More…

How to Make a Habitat for Urban Wildlife With Bee Houses, Birdhouses, Insect Hotels, and Planter Boxes

January 4, 2014

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Here’s an idea I love that’s at the intersection of urbanization, design, and nature.

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Brike is series of modular bricks that together serve as a habitat for urban wildlife. The collection includes bee houses, birdhouses, insect hotels, and planters that work in harmony to … Read More…

Best of 2013: Urban Gardens Top 10 Favorite Posts

December 29, 2013

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Urban Gardens readers and followers have spoken.  In 2013, vertical gardens continued to reign in popularity, as did outdoor and indoor edible gardens, some of which were climbing the walls.

You loved concrete as much as I did, and the … Read More…

Holiday Greenings!

December 24, 2013

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Sculpiture: Brooklyn Made Sustainable Design Blends Art, Architecture, Furniture, and Sculpture

December 23, 2013

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When I met Ashira Israel exhibiting her Micro-Orb collection of concrete vessels at Wanted Design, I knew I’d spotted an artist on the cutting edge of Brooklyn made sustainable design.

Israel is the owner and lead designer/fabricator for the industrial design/build company, … Read More…

Fashion Designer Creates Horticouture Dresses from Flower Petals and Leaves

December 22, 2013

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Tasmanian fashion designer Sandra Alcorn’s studio looks out onto “a slightly unkempt but enchanting garden.” Each season serves as new inspiration for Alcorn’s horticouture collection of tiny dresses and gowns she fashions from the garden’s flowers Read More…

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