On May 7, 2011, the city of Venice opened its doors and gardens to 2,000+ eager visitors for the 18th-annual Venice Garden & Home Tour. The event raises funds for the local Neighborhood Youth Asociaion's Las Doradas Children's Center and gives guests a peek into the bungalows, cottages, and modern marvels that make Venice a design destination.
A South Korean artist uses ceramics and concrete, coated with layers of glaze, to create unusual stools, benches (above), and other pieces of luminous indoor/outdoor pieces that double as art and furniture. His work is on display in New York through the end of April.
"Nothing stops a bullet like a job," is the motto of Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles–based gang-intervention organization. Homegirl Cafe, started in 2005 and an off-shoot of Homeboy Industries, has a farm-to-kitchen training program, helping former gang members and other at-risk youth by providing gardening and cooking jobs.
For the last forty years, landscape architects in Brussels have installed a colorful public exhibit—an enormous carpet of begonias on the cobblestone square at Grand-Palace. This year's inaguration will be on August 15th, and the begonias will be on display through the 19th.
Sea holly is a powerful texture for the vase, whether fresh-cut or dried as an everlasting. Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ has shimmering blue pincushion flowers perched on spiny ruffs, produced in abundance on pewter-colored stems. It also makes a sparkling perennial for the border.