Tag: Flowers and Plants

Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)

WADING RIVER, N.Y. — If Bill Jacobs was a petty man, or a less religious one, he might look through the thicket of flowers, bushes and brambles that encircle his home and see enemies all around. For to the North, and to the South, and to the West and East and all points in between, […]

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How to Build a Terrarium, So It’s Always Gardening Season

During the months when you can’t be outside working in the garden, what could be better than a miniature landscape that sits in your living room? Just remember, as you put the finishing touches on your first terrarium and celebrate by cuing the chorus of “It’s a Small World (After All)”: This is a tiny […]

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27 Plant Gifts for Plant Lovers

If you didn’t know a Plant Person before, chances are you do now. The coronavirus pandemic ushered in a botanical boom: A new crop of victory gardeners resulted in a run on seeds; sales of plant-based meat alternatives and other foods soared; as did sales of plants both legal and quasi legal. Eleven Madison Park, […]

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These Are Not Your Traditional Holiday Wreaths

Another Hackney-based florist, the Flower Appreciation Society, run by Anna Day, 39, and Issy Crossman, 31, gives leftover blooms cut for summer weddings a second life with wreaths of seedlings, wild grasses, dried hops and branches, while the Cotswolds-based florist Willow Crossley, 38, assembles her garlands by hand from pink wax flower, helichrysum (also known […]

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The Ever-Evolving Art of Bonsai

THE PRACTICE OF miniaturizing plants is thought to have come to Japan from China sometime around the seventh century, when the two countries formally established diplomatic ties. By that point, Chinese gardeners had likely been creating potted landscapes, or penjing (“potted scenery”), for hundreds of years, bringing nature into the homes of political elites, painters […]

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The Rose Queen of Texas

TYLER, Texas — Early on a recent Saturday, the townspeople of Tyler staked out spots along the Texas Rose Festival parade route. Marching bands boomed, convertibles honked, and T-shirt guns fired into the cheering crowd. Fourteen floats bore coteries of young women in whimsical, garden-themed gowns that wouldn’t have been out of place on the […]

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Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

Adrian Benepe has spent much of his life promoting the outdoors in New York City, from serving as a park ranger in the 1970s to becoming the parks commissioner some 30 years later. Still, he is stunned at what he has seen around town lately. “I grew up in the parks,” said Mr. Benepe, now […]

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What George Orwell’s Roses Tell Us About His Politics

ORWELL’S ROSESBy Rebecca Solnit Essayist that she is, Rebecca Solnit pursues her subjects down multiple pathways of thought, feeling, memory and experience, aided by historical research and the intuitive literary hunch, as needed. Like George Orwell as essayist, the subject of her latest book and her model, she deploys the full human instrument in service […]

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To Learn Bees’ Secrets, Count Them One by One

All through late summer and early fall, Max McCarthy, a graduate student at Rutgers University, walked around wetlands in northern New Jersey with a mesh net catching bees, which he marked with tiny colored pens. Three dots, each a different color, on the bees’ minuscule thoraxes before releasing them again. He wrote this information in […]

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How Hungry Sea Otters Affect the Sex Lives of Sea Grass

Jane Watson studied sea otters for decades, but it was in the 1990s that the ecologist in British Columbia observed they had a destructive habit. While conservationists were working diligently to restore damaged sea grass meadows elsewhere in the world’s oceans, it seemed ironic that in northern Vancouver Island’s sea grass habitat, which is much […]

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Can’t Decide What Color to Paint Your Walls? There’s a Consultant for That.

For consultations, she charges $50 to $125 per room, and $175 per hour for those with special needs. Hanging Art One reason art-installation firms began to rebound after the initial lockdown: Zoom meetings. “Clients were focused on their walls and what they look like and whatever was behind them in a Zoom call,” said David […]

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A Designer Who Finds Beauty in Decay

ONE OF THE designer Marcin Rusak’s lasting memories from his childhood in Poland was spending time in his family’s greenhouses. His maternal great-grandfather and grandfather were flower growers in Warsaw and, although their business shuttered just before he was born, he often played in those abandoned, overgrown glass structures. “I can still feel the warmth […]

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The Ephemeral Beauty of Night-Blooming Flowers

OF COURSE, IT may be this very indifference that attracts us, makes us want to reject sleep and propriety and stay up all night (when all the most interesting things happen). During the hardscrabble years of the Great Depression, people held vigils for the coming of the flowers, taking out notices in newspapers to proclaim […]

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At This Renowned English Garden, Getting Your Hands Dirty Is the Point

The woodworkers gather in a thatched 15th-century barn and wield hand tools to produce ladders, garden benches and hurdles, which are barriers strewn around the garden to keep out badgers and other pests. Great Dixter has its own nursery, meadows, woodland and farmland, and composts its waste in towering stacks, later sterilized in-house to prevent […]

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