Tag: Trees and Shrubs

On the Rooftops of Paris, a New Kind of Urban Garden

STARING OUT OVER the banister from the rooftop terrace of an eighth-floor penthouse on the Marais’s Rue Vieille du Temple, it’s immediately clear you’re in Paris: Across the park below, past the mansard roofs of the low Haussmannian buildings that have fronted these streets since the late 19th century, the Eiffel Tower and the Place […]

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‘A Present From Norway and It’s Dead’: Christmas Tree Unites London in Dismay

LONDON — For some people, Christmas is all about carols, presents, Santa Claus and his reindeer. Not for Trevor Smith, for whom the highlight of the festive season is a tall, woody perennial fir that is dispatched every year from Norway to Britain: the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. This year, however, the tree is […]

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Fire Blight Spreads Northward, Threatening Apple Orchards

GENEVA, N.Y. — Across the country, hundreds of kinds of apples were meticulously developed by orchardists over the last couple of centuries and then, as farms and groves were abandoned and commercial production greatly narrowed the number of varieties for sale, many were forgotten. Some of this horticultural biodiversity, though, has been nurtured by dedicated […]

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‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — There is no end to the glittering emblems of privilege in this city. Teslas clog the freeways. Affluent families scramble for coveted spots in fancy kindergartens. And up in the hills of Bel-Air, where a sprawling estate just hit the market for a record $225 million, lush trees line the streets, providing […]

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It’s One of Autumn’s Best Scents, but Not Everyone Smells It

Sugar, red and Japanese Maples: You can drive up and down America’s east coast to enjoy their fiery pyrotechnic shows each fall. Along the way, you may want to hop out of the car, take a deep breath and hope you catch a whiff of the katsura tree’s sweet scent. “I can barely smell it, […]

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In Montauk, a Garden Runs Delightfully Amok

THE GRASS THAT blankets the only sizable expanse of lawn in Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch’s two-acre Montauk garden is about a hand’s width high and grows in lush whorls, like the coat of an English cocker spaniel. Standefer and Alesch — who in 2002 founded the New York-based design studio Roman and Williams (perhaps […]

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Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds

When the Environmental Protection Agency approved the spraying of certain antibiotics three years ago to fight a deadly bacterial infection decimating Florida’s orange groves, growers thought they might have found a silver bullet. But public health advocates reacted with alarm, warning that the large-scale use of medically important drugs in agriculture could help fuel antibiotic […]

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Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up

In June 2013, in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore., an estimated 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead. Shoppers reported bees falling from branches and crawling on the ground. Piles of carcasses scattered beneath dozens of linden trees marked the largest mass bee kill ever recorded. The Oregon Department of Agriculture later determined that a pesticide […]

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Tree Stumps Are Dead, Right? This One Was Alive

In a rain forest near Auckland, New Zealand, a leafless kauri tree stump rises a few feet off the ground. These trees can become giants: The country’s biggest, Tāne Mahuta, or the “Lord of the Forest,” has grown 168 feet high, with a 115-foot canopy. But this stump is just a stump, so unassuming most […]

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Could This Be the End of Frankincense?

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have revered the sweet aroma of frankincense. In Ancient Egypt, embalmers stuffed it inside the bodies and tombs of pharaohs and queens and its ashes were ground into eyeliner. Religious texts say rabbis burned it as offerings in Jerusalem’s temples, the three biblical Magi gifted it to […]

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When an Ax-Wielding Mob Leveled a Gay Cruising Spot, as Police Watched

In 1969, Forest Hills was a long way from Christopher Street, and a bizarre incident of vigilante tree chopping showed just how far. Only days before the Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, a mob of some 20 local men descended on the southern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Using power saws and axes, they […]

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During a Solar Eclipse, What Are Plants Doing?

As the total solar eclipse crosses South America on Tuesday, it won’t just be people oohing and ahhing as the sun is blotted out. Other living things will have their own responses, too — some of which we are just beginning to understand. As some scientists used the Great American Eclipse in August 2017 to […]

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In War for ‘Bloodwood’ Prized in China, Thai Rangers Fight Tree Poachers

Thai forest rangers and recruits in Ta Phraya National Park. Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times TA PHRAYA NATIONAL PARK, Thailand — The rangers walked for hours in almost complete silence through the dense Thai forest, never speaking above a whisper. Even in the early morning, the leaves were dripping with wet heat. The scout […]

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Oak Tree Given to Trump by French President Has Died, Official Says

It wasn’t long after the oak tree arrived on the South Lawn of the White House, a gift from a World War I battlefield in France, that it suddenly disappeared. The oak, which was supposed to be a symbol of a longstanding French-American alliance, had been placed in quarantine, because it was a living thing […]

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