Lines are out the door for the last few days of the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen show, "Savage Beauty." The natural world was a big inspiration for McQueen's work and we take a look at a few designs from the late, great designer that were directly influenced by flora and fauna.
Common in alpine gardens, the purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) is a small flowering plant that has been discovered growing in record-setting grueling conditions, including the arctic tundra of the Swiss Alps, which is one of highest (and coldest) altitudes in the world.
On the streets in East London, Steve Wheen may be better known as the Pothole Gardener. He creates miniature landscapes in the city's neglected corners that encourage passersby to think about their environments, all of them: the green, the grey, the built, and the natural. His work has inspired miniature gardens throughout the world, and is now compiled in a book.
This perennial hibiscus, a spectacular culmination of the rose-mallow breeding program of Walters Gardens nursery and selected from among thousands of seedlings, has enormous 9-inch-wide ruffled blooms of deep magenta with a red eye. Sturdy, full plants make a striking specimen in the garden from midsummer through early fall.
Writer James Rodewald and his wife move from New York to Marfa, Texas, and discover that the town is home to a community of artists-gardeners who coax amazing gardens out of the arid land, mixing native and non-native plants.