Hurricane Sandy Unleashes Fury Uprooting Many

October 31, 2012

My husband beside an uprooted tree by our house. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, via Instagram.

Hurricane Sandy blew in Monday downing huge trees, pulling down electrical wires, leaving millions, including us, without power or hot water, and a number of … Read More...

Billboards Turned Into Urban Gardens!

October 29, 2012

I mean how cool would it be to drive, walk, or fly by a billboard converted to an urban garden overflowing with verdant foliage? If the folks behind the Urban Air project are successful, they will be transforming advertising billboards … Read More...

Help Me Cultivate Your Interests!

October 27, 2012

For the past three years it’s been my passion to share my favorite cool finds with you on Urban Gardens. Now I’m hoping you’ll share your thoughts with me.

I’ve put together a super short reader survey that should take … Read More...

Style and Funk-tion at Design Junction

October 24, 2012

The author, your’s truly, in the arms of Design Junction’s gorilla. Photo: Jill Seidner.

Set within the raw industrial environment of the 1960’s Sorting Office, Design Junction was less a traditional trade show, but more a creative exploration of design Read More...

Inventive Planted Stone Seating

October 22, 2012

I love Philippe Nigro’s stone Saturnia bench for Piba Marmi’s Monocromo exhibit at Italian design trade fair Abitare il Tempo.

Envision the center planter filled with Piet Oudolf-inspired blend of grasses alongside swathes of Nepeta, and a dash of purple … Read More...

Tile and Stone Designs Influenced by Nature and History

October 21, 2012

Painted sundial on brick and flint Dial House, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

As I pounded the pavement in London for The London Design Festival and the Modenus BlogTour, it was easy to think about hardscaping.Read More...

Natural Design Inspirations Seeded From the Pomegranate

October 20, 2012

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens, via Instagram.

I didn’t like Pomegranates when I was a little girl because it was such a messy ordeal extract the seeds. I now like to sprinkle the bright red seeds on vanilla ice … Read More...

How to Save Water With Low Maintenance House Plants

October 18, 2012

Euphorbia Obesa, a succulent. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens

Water conservation is a concern for many plant lovers. You may already be using rainwater in your garden, but what about your house plants? Indoor plants can often require a … Read More...

Out of Sight Kitchen Counter Compost System

October 17, 2012

No need to sacrifice style for sustainability. Before transferring scraps to an outdoor composter, you can conveniently and beautifully collect organic waste out of sight beneath the counter with the Blanco sleek Solon odor-eliminating compost system.

With its discreet removable …

Colorful Reclaimed Pipe Upcycled Into Garden Planter

October 5, 2012

As part of a local recycling project, Barcelona, Spain industrial designer Fabian Andino of Espaibuenrollo reclaimed colorful but otherwise un-reusable and non-disposable PVC pipes, upcycling them into portable planters that can hang on walls or rest on specially-designed racks.

Although …

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