Good Privacy Trees Make Good Neighbors

December 21, 2017

Privacy bushes from Garden Goods Direct

We’ve all heard the aphorism, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” The phrase comes from Robert Frost’s 1915 poem Mending Wall. In the poem, two neighbors disagree about a stone wall separating their properties, one with pine trees, the other apple Read More...

An Elegant Clash of Old and Nouveau in New Orleans

December 18, 2017


Some say New Orleans is the only foreign city Americans can go to without a passport. A melting pot of various cultures formed the city’s unique identity, which may appear foreign, but that in itself makes it distinctly American. No Read More...

Season’s Greenings From Urban Gardens

December 15, 2017

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Let’s Talk Turkey About Gratitude

November 23, 2017

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

This Thanksgiving morning I’m pondering all the things in my life for which I am grateful.

I am blessed with two great children and many dear friends. I’m grateful for you loyal readers and followers who … Read More...

How to Draw Natural Wildlife Into Your Backyard Oasis

November 7, 2017

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Do you have a favorite garden spot in your backyard? If so, do you also have the beautiful birds, butterflies, and other natural wildlife that help create a great garden space?

To achieve your ideal garden oasis, it’s Read More...

Seoul Highway Overpass Transformed Into Elevated Public Skygarden

October 10, 2017

With the opening of Seoullo 7017, a new elevated public park on the site of a decommissioned highway overpass, the city of Seoul has introduced a pedestrian oasis and much-needed urban green space to the central station district of its Read More...

This Living, Breathing Chandelier ‘Exhales’ Oxygen to Purify Air

September 28, 2017

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens

The 70 “petals” of engineer/designer Julian Melchiorri’s  bionic chandelier Exhale contain algae that simulate the natural process of photosynthesis, releasing oxygen to purify the air.

I viewed the chandelier on a private guided tour … Read More...

New Reforestation Concept Aims to Stop and Reverse Climate Change

September 18, 2017

Photo via OBRIST.

Maintaining the our planet’s forests is critical for mitigating climate change. Trees help soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Deforestation undermines the important function forests play in reducing … Read More...

An Empty Swimming Pool Transformed Into an Urban Permaculture Farm

August 26, 2017

Ever seen an empty swimming pool and thought, “Gee, what else could I do with this eyesore?” Me neither. But Dennis and Danielle McClung, the founders of Garden Pool, had a novel idea. After buying a foreclosed home in Mesa, Read More...

Seoul’s Hydroponic Solar-Powered Bike Share Farm

August 25, 2017

Inspired by current urban bike sharing programs, the hydroponic Bike Share Farm is a mobile solar-powered vertical urban farm that sits atop two connected bicycles.  Changing bikes at each new stop is easy with this shared community farm on wheelsRead More...

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