For those who need to make a certain statement

This is the Flamingo-Away kit. Personally, I like flamingoes, in the abstract. Via Neatorama and Coolest Gadgets.

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Posted by on August 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm   This post has 6 responses.

I’ll Have What She’s Having

Sorry the photo’s not better.  The one sunny day we have in Eureka and I decide to go photograph a garden. Anyway.  She was lovely, and quite unexpected in this grandmother’s garden.

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Posted by on August 11, 2008 at 5:47 am   This post has 10 responses.

Edible Estates Art Exhibit Opens

I love this post! First, let me say that Fritz is an old friend – he was in my garden club, The Germinators, in the late 90′s. That club was made up of artists who’d become passionately radicalized by plants and gardening … many of them are now fairly...

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Posted by on July 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm   This post has 2 responses.

My Kind of Garden Art

A couple more photos from the gardens–a cool glass house with a door that swivels in the wind: and my kind of perennial border, all salvia, euphorbia, grasses–and a vineyard in the background!  How do I get me one of those?

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Posted by on June 12, 2008 at 5:15 am   This post has 5 responses.

I find this stuff so you don’t have to: Gorilla in the Greenhouse and Singing Plant

First Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Although I found this intensely annoying and barely got past the intro, it does have the virtue of being intended to help teach kids about sustainable living. It doesn’t look that far removed from morning cartoons, which I only see because sometimes my husband...

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Posted by on May 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Nice hat!

“The key to good millinery is spontaneity.” I liked that phrase, found in a Telegraph review of this book: Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa, by Hans Silvester (Thames & Hudson). The book documents two African tribes in the Omo Valley (at the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan):...

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Posted by on March 12, 2008 at 10:00 am   This post has 3 responses.

Tower of Flower in Paris

Hot-hot “green” architect Edouard  Francois’s creation, mistakenly called the Flower Tower, was installed three years ago and I wonder how it’s doing.  Residents don’t have any choice of having those 380 concrete planters embedded on their balcony, but are they keeping them alive? Photo credit.        ...

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Posted by on January 25, 2008 at 11:22 am   This post has Comments Off.

Guest rant: I love the lightlife

Here are fellow writer and gardener Ron Ehmke’s thoughts on holiday lighting as installation art—Eliz This is the photo I’ve been promising Elizabeth, that she in turn has been promising to share with GR readers: Turns out it’s just as hard to photograph an over-the-top lighting display as it...

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Posted by on December 30, 2007 at 7:00 am   This post has 2 responses.

Heroes of horticulture

Maybe you’ve already read in Garden Design about the 2007 Landslide winners. Since 2003, the Cultural Landscape Foundation has been selecting a roster of endangered cultural landscapes, calling for nominations that adhere to a specific theme. This year’s theme was Heroes of Horticulture: “significant horticultural features that have stood...

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Posted by on November 25, 2007 at 9:17 am   This post has 2 responses.

More garden art

Roberley Bell’s Flower Blobs are part of the Beyond/In Western New York group exhibition, a massive collaboration of almost twenty area galleries (large and small) held here every year. It opens this weekend, and the goal is to get to as many of the opening events—held over a twenty-mile...

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Posted by on September 12, 2007 at 11:21 am   This post has one response.

Not coming to your closest cineplex –
Plant Pornogr*phy

WE’RE NOT MAKING THIS UP.  Honestly, could we come up with a story about the "world’s first plant porn movie, "Cinema  Botanica"?   Featuring "uncensored pollination" and coming soon to "the world’s first porn theater for house plants"? We wish we could link to the actual story, but it’s not...

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Posted by on September 11, 2007 at 11:35 am   This post has 3 responses.

All that glitters …

… is pure gold in terms of the daily enjoyment I get from walking by this object and its identical companion. We had fun talking about outrageous garden practices in the deep South and elsewhere, but sometimes the things you might not do yourself are admirable in others. And...

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Posted by on August 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Guest rant: When worlds collide

Over on the Infringement beat, I eventually lost count of all the references, eccentric and otherwise, to the “October Surprise” storm that devastated so many of Buffalo’s trees and transformed other vegetation last fall. It has been popping up in poetry readings, in theatrical monologues and one-act plays, and...

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Posted by on August 5, 2007 at 5:00 am   This post has 3 responses.

More silly things you can do on the web

Ok, we’ve done the walkable neighborhood game, and discovered its imperfections, so I thought I’d share some fun I had with creating my own superhero. This is actually quite old, but I was reminded of it when we Ranters were discussing how to recreate ourselves as Simpsons characters and...

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Posted by on August 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm   This post has one response.

Tree Art for the People by Jim Calder

This prominent story in last Saturday’s Washington Post about a 16-foot carved dragon in my town of Takoma Park got everyone’s attention and because it gave the time and address of the naming ceremony to be held the next day, I was there.  So were about half the town’s...

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Posted by on June 19, 2007 at 3:33 am   This post has 5 responses.

Garden art at the Allentown Festival

This will be quite a series of Buffalo-centric posts, as you’ll see, but I could not resist sharing with the Rant crowd what is taking place outside my doorstep this weekend. For some years I have noticed that more and more of the wares sold at the Allentown Art...

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Posted by on June 10, 2007 at 7:42 am   This post has 4 responses.

A garden of glass at Corning

I should love these exquisite glass creations purely for their own sakes, but I also love them because they make me think of Angels and Insects, the A. S. Byatt-based film about the Victorians and their glorious obsessions. Just opened at the Corning Museum of Glass, Botanical Wonders: The...

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Posted by on May 23, 2007 at 3:56 am   This post has 20 responses.

The tree that ate LA

Here in Western New York, we think of the ficus as a resilient house and office plant. Over the course of my travels, however, I’ve seen how gigantic this cultivar can be in the wild, so I was intrigued when I heard a West Coast artist was creating a...

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Posted by on April 22, 2007 at 6:21 am   This post has 8 responses.

We’re Gardeners and You Can’t Stop Us

Striking scupture on the streets of Oslo.  Somehow I’d find it more convincing, though, if it weren’t the easy sentimental choice in that fist, but instead something more sophisticated–a plant that announced that the fist is not a poseur but a real gardener. 

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Posted by on April 13, 2007 at 9:19 pm   This post has 12 responses.

An artist’s take on over-the-top gardening

Here’s another man about gardening, but he’s not a plant expert or designer. Buffalo resident John Pfahl is known far and wide for his landscape photography, particularly of Niagara Falls and other waterfalls and rivers. He’s also done several series that are of special interest to gardeners. The photographs...

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Posted by on March 7, 2007 at 4:18 am   This post has 8 responses.
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