A Wheatfield with Cypresses

I love this living painting — a “cover version” of Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield, with Cypresses from 1889 — composed using plants rather than paint. Created by ans, using over 8,000 plants, the wall was built with sponsorship from GE as part of  The National Gallery’s greening campaign. The painted masterpiece can be seen at The National Gallery and the living masterpiece can be seen outside in Trafalgar Square until October 2011. More images can bee seen here — so pretty.


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Esty Schmetsy: Succulents, Terrariums and Air Plants, oh my

We’re pleased to share, Design des Troy cards will soon be available in two more stores. One is San Francisco-via-Brooklyn handmade supershop Rare Device, and the other is Portland, Oregon shop Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe makes deliciously exquisite planters and pots (you can buy them at Rare Device, among other shops, and one is featured here in the bottom row), which helped inspired this week’s Schmetsy about the mysterious beauty of succulents and air plants.

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Row 1: DarriellesClayArt; weegreenspot; TortoiseLovesDonkey
Row 2: SucculentsGalore; mudpuppy
Row 3: VivaFlora; PigeonToeCeramics; tohold

The Botanic Gardens

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As we’ve mentioned, Owen and I just got back from the East Coast. The first leg of our trip was spent in Washington DC and the second half in New York.

If you are going to DC, I definitely recommend checking out The United States Botanic Garden. It’s steps from the Capitol, and we were planning on visiting that, the outdoor gardens and the Library of Congress buildings, but it was raining absurdly hard, so we ended up spending all our time in the conservatory. Thankfully, there are tons of beautiful plants and flowers to see even without visiting the outside gardens. I know it is a bit simple to write a post that essentially boils down to “flowers are pretty,” but the Botanic Gardens were really lovely, the orchids are formally so interesting to look at and it is a great place to spend an hour or so on a rainy afternoon. Plus, since so many artists and designers draw inspiration from nature, it offers a great opportunity to get exposure to plants you wouldn’t normally see.

For some information of the history of the Botanic Gardens, click here.

Eva Solo flower pot

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I really want to be the kind of person who always has fresh herbs growing in my kitchen. Unfortunately, every time I plant herbs, they die.

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I think this Eva Solo flower pot might be the perfect solution. The bottom reservoir holds enough water for about a week, and since the base is clear, you can see when it is time to refill it. Nylon threads hang from the ceramic pot and act as roots to wick water up to your plant.

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