New Green Urban Park Designed For Social Distancing

July 9, 2020

How will the pandemic change the design of public parks and gardens? Many of these much-loved spaces around the world are closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and officials continue to grapple with how to safely reopenRead More...

Socially Distancing At Home Around a Fire Pit

July 4, 2020

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In the age of coronavirus, entertaining and social distancing outdoors around a fire pit is the perfect solution. Socializing outdoors is safer and healthier too: one’s chances of catching the virus is twenty times lower outdoors than indoors and studies Read More...

Barcelona Opera Reopens to Audience of 2,292 Plants

June 28, 2020

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This puts the culture in horticulture: After a three month shutdown, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house reopened with an audience of 2,292 plants.

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During the theater’s Concierto Para el Bioceno (Concert for the Biocene), those planted in their … Read More...

Lawn Mowed Into Checkerboard Becomes Natural Social Distancing Space

June 26, 2020

The novel Cornavirus has inspired some novel ideas. From personal glass greenhouses at an Amsterdam restaurant, stuffed pandas occupying chairs in a Bangkok eatery, to pool noodle hats at a cafe in Germany, people are exercising their collective creativity to Read More...

Mourning in America and What We Can Do Together

June 3, 2020

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I write about design, living and places for everyone from all walks of life. Right now people all over the world are mourning. They’re angry. They Read More...

Amsterdam Restaurant To Serve Guests in Individual Glass Greenhouses

May 8, 2020

As the world braces itself for the reopening’s new normal and wonders what that will look like, a waterside Amsterdam restaurant will be serving guests candlelit plant-based meals in the safety of individual glass greenhouses.

To maintain minimal physical contact … Read More...

The Invisible Mardi Gras Visitor That Took New Orleans By Storm

April 10, 2020

I stood shoulder to shoulder six weeks ago (feels like six months ago) with some of the 1.4 million visitors that had descended upon New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Little did any of us know then that the Coronavirus was Read More...

Horticultural Therapy Cultivates Healing and Hope for Seniors

January 14, 2020

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This post is contributed by Canadian horticultural therapist, Bianca van der Stoel. Horticultural therapists are educated in plant science, human science, horticultural therapy principles and have experience in the application of horticultural therapy practices. 

The first time Luella and I Read More...

Let’s Ring In a New Green Decade

January 1, 2020

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Whether the new decade begins on January 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021 is a matter of debate. Whichever it may be, I hope during this period we’ll see the enactment of The Green New DealRead More...

Last Minute Cool Gardening and Nature Gifts For Kids!

December 17, 2019

I’ve hand-picked these last-minute nature and gardening gifts for kids of all ages and also for the young at heart!

 

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Little Botanist Play Kit
One of my absolute favorites: For budding botanists, this sturdy cardboard case designed and made … Read More...

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