Fiskars Announces 2016 Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grant Recipients

March 3, 2016


Now in its 14th year, Fiskars Project Orange Thumb® awards cash and garden tools to community groups across North America and Canada. I am honored to be on their editorial board for the second consecutive year where I helped Read More...

Rooftop Hiking in Stockholm

March 2, 2016

Rooftop Hiking in Stockholm


What better place to view a beautiful cityscape than from a rooftop? Well you can do just that in Stockholm. Rooftop Tours offers the adventurous an opportunity to experience the Swedish capital’s skyline from 141 feet (47 meters) above.

rooftop hiking in Stockholm

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Planters and Works Mixing Technology, Mobile Architecture, and Nature

March 1, 2016

Plant City Runner Up for Core77 Design Awards in Built Environments.

”A collaboration between architects, designers, and technologists who are building new ways of interacting with nature,” say Plant-in City architects Huy Bui, Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena, and Jon Schramm about


How to Design a Bug Hotel to Attract Beneficial Insects and Bees

February 27, 2016

geoffrey-fisher-insect-hotel Bespoke Insect Hotel, Geoffrey Fisher.

The following article by Robin Plaskoff Horton originally appeared on

At any given time, your garden might contain over 2,000 species of insects. Some of these are pests, the kind you don’t want in … Read More...

The Planters of St. Petersburg’s Naturalist Designers

February 26, 2016

Maxim Scherbacov pyramid planter

Naturalist designers in St. Petersburg, Russia are creating innovative planters, vases, vessels and other objects for plants. They’ve got planters that hang and climb walls, vases with their own shelves, geometric multi-pot units, and even planters inspired by Sputnik.

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Top Ten Design Finds From Maison & Objet Paris 2016

January 31, 2016


It was apparent during my recent visit to the design show Maison & Objet in Paris, that furniture and home accessories brands traditionally known for interior products are venturing outdoors.


As evidence of the trend toward indoor-outdoor living, the show … Read More...

Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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Sure, Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday cluttered with stacks of sparkly cards, boxes of candy hearts, and teddy bears bearing signs professing love. But there’s no need to be a curmudgeon about it.

Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to …

Growing Food In a Plug-In Urban Farm Pod

January 19, 2016


What if you could grow your own food in the city on a farm that automatically cultivated and harvested the food for you? That’s the vision of the designers of the “living” Urban Farm Pod, a new concept for grow Read More...

Smart Gardening Tool For Newbie Urban Gardeners

January 13, 2016


So you suddenly find yourself at the intersection of knowing and growing, an urban purlieu where creativity, knowledge, and gardening meet. 2015 Red Dot Award winning design concept, New Zealand industrial design student Alex Hofmans-Walter’s Planter is a seed Read More...

Tiling the Walls With Floating Planters

January 12, 2016

SEED floating planters

Crumpled Tyvek and cast concrete take on organic forms to become wall tile planters in the hands of San Antonio, Texas-based architect/designer, Taeg Nishimoto.

SEED floating planters

Inspired by geological formations observed in satellite images, SEED takes on unpredictable shapes when Nishimoto creates … Read More...

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