The Year’s 20 Best: Urban Gardens 2012 Roundup!

December 31, 2012

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As we round the corner from 2012 to 2013, I want to stop and thank all my readers, subscribers, and social media followers for visiting Urban Gardens since it’s launch in 2009, and for supporting my vision for blending together Read More…

Vertical Gardens With Supernatural Healing Powers

December 11, 2012

We’ve discussed before the benefits of plants and vertical gardens–how they can not only beautify indoor and outdoor spaces, but can help decrease energy usage by providing insulation, improve indoor air quality, even provide a place to grow Read More…

“Fogponic” Vertical Garden System

November 20, 2012

The Fogger is Hamburg-based studio, Vakant Design’s concept for a highly efficient, indoor-outdoor vertical garden “fogponic” planting system. A nearly self-sustainable alternative to the traditional edible garden and great for those with small urban spaces, the design compliments almost any decor … Read More…

Post-Hurricane New York City Park and Garden Update

November 14, 2012


Prospect Park volunteers cleaning up after the storm. Photo via Prospect Conservancy.

Since Hurricane Sandy blew in and out, many people have asked about the city’s green areas–the parks and gardens. Many of the city’s parks and public gardens suffered … Read More…

500 Person Pop-Up Picnic Garden in London

July 13, 2012

Around 500 visitors braved London rain showers over the weekend for The King’s Cross Picnic, a pop-up picnic garden installed in a neglected cut-through in King’s Cross for the London Festival of Architecture.

Local architects Squire and Partners in collaboration with … Read More…

Oil Drum Upcycled Into Outdoor Public Bench

June 21, 2012

For Perches and Pews, a student competition to design public benches for the London Architecture Festival 2012, designer Robert Johnson recycled an old oil drum into a rotating outdoor bench. To keep the seat steady when not in use,

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Touring Los Angeles Modern Homes and Gardens

July 7, 2011


Passing a yin-yang floor mosaic that leads to the front door. Photo: Robin Horton.

On a warm Saturday at the end of June, armed with a GPS, I navigated around the labyrinth of Los Angeles freeways and surface streets for Read More…

Melbourne Rooftop Garden Offers Urban Oasis

May 31, 2011

The rooftop garden of the Boldiston apartment in Melbourne, Australia, is an urban oasis filled with the homeowners’s collective finds, including an outdoor lamp sourced from Stockroom in Kyneton, “a birthday present from my lovely wife,”says Mark Boldiston.

The three … Read More…

Garden Up! Take Your Landcape to the Next Level

March 17, 2011

Talented landscape design duo Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet’s new book Garden Up! is out and you’ve seriously gotta get your hands on one.

A fan of vertical gardening, I love how these gals have packaged their combined creativity with … Read More…

I’ll Take Those Plants to Go

November 16, 2010

Resembling a Chinese take-out container, the witty Grimm planter, from Italian company Bysteel, makes a good conversation starter for your garden or terrace.

Designed in 2010 by Georgia Brusemini, the matte white lacquered aluminum planter is available with either four or … Read More…

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