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The Best Secret Garden in Barcelona

Twenty four years ago, Spanish artist and animator Javier Mariscal discovered an abandoned leather factory on Barcelona’s rundown east side. The cavernous complex had crumbling buildings, a smokestack, and an inauspicious location down the block from the local Hell’s Angels clubhouse. Mariscal, …


10 Tips for a Simplified Garden, to Grow More With Less

It has been more than three years since I last wrote about My Neighbor Bea, a person who has persuaded her family (including her husband, Scott, her two sons and a tiny dog) to live with less stuff than the average monk–and to produce no garbage. She tried to train me, too, for awhile, and I have …


Plants & Seeds

Design Sleuth: A Very Green Garage

When it comes to improvement projects, a first step for many renovators is to try to remove invasive vines, but for Act Romegialli Architects in Italy, the goal was just the opposite.<p>For the renovation of a dilapidated garage in the Rhaetian Alps, the hope was to cover the structure with as much …


Welcome to Vertical Garden Patrick Blanc | Vertical Garden Patrick Blanc

Recent works<p>Works in progress<p>Last News .<p>- Begonia blancii, a new species discovered by Patrick Blanc in Palawan in the Philippines : photos, video, …

Plant of the Week: Wisteria

The charms of wisteria are almost impossible to resist. Lounging languorously over a fence or pergola, she will beckon to you with her heady perfume. Before you know it, her nodding, pendulous blooms have hypnotized you. Soon you are rushing to the nearest garden center, determined to own her, but …

Garden Style

Hanging Garden Lamps Green Up Interiors - Urban Gardens

<b>One of my favorite Brooklyn artisan-makers is the collaborative design studio, Autumn Workshop, whose Scrap Ecology lighting we featured a while</b> …

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano …


Hardscapes & Furnishings


Garden Style

Outdoor Gardens

From Canada, a Chandelier That's Also an Herb Garden

We love the useful design of Toronto-based designer Ryan Taylor’s Babylon Light, a ceiling fixture that’s also a hanging vertical garden:<p>Above: Made of powder-coated aluminum, the Babylon Light has a planting dish deep enough for herbs; for information and pricing, see Oni Projects.<p>For more herbs …


DIY Vertical Garden Kit: Just Add Water (and a Wall)

No space is too small for a vertical garden. All you need is a wall and a plan.<p>For a plan, we recently visited Paxton Gate, the famously quirky store in San Francisco’s Mission District that sells Japanese garden tools and fossilized dinosaur teeth alongside tiny potted succulents and distillation …


Indoor Gardens

Outdoor Gardens

Outdoor Gardens

Vertical Garden Kit: The Ideal Ivy

Inspired by today’s post “The Original Vertical Garden via Rome,” we asked a handful of garden professionals to recommend the ideal ivy to use with a DIY vertical garden kit. The hands-down recommendation: English ivy. Considered by some to be a garden pest and by others to be a garden helper, it …


39 Insanely Cool Vertical Gardens

Welcome to the green future. These aren’t your grandmother’s window boxes.<p>1. Bosco Verticale<p>This rendering by architect Stefano Boeri features the first urban vertical forest, Bosco Verticale in Milan.<p>The pair of apartment skyscrapers are built to sustain the equivalent of 2.5 acres of forest …

Plants & Seeds

Grow Up

Ever since the so-called pole gardener attached planters to parking meters in the Inner Richmond last summer, we?ve been thinking outside the …

The Easiest Urban Garden?

“Gutter” is not the most beautiful word in the English language (nor does it have the happiest connotations: read “guttersnipe”). But when it comes to gardening, it’s a different story; read on to discover how to transform a gutter into a vertical garden.<p>Urban pioneers like SF-based Tiffanie …


Vertical Gardens Made With—

How clever! Admired in the garden of the Stable Cafe in San Francisco recently: artful arrangements of painted shutters sprouting succulents.<p>Lila B. Design, a San Francisco-based floral and garden design firm founded by Baylor Chapman, created this new take on the DIY vertical garden kit. Chapman …



More than 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs—and this number is skyrocketing.<p>NRDC programs help create strong, just, and resilient …