The poet Hart Crane once called air plants, or tillandsias, a genus of the bromeliad family, an "inverted octopus with heavenward arms." Needing no soil, these amazing plants come in a variety of fantastic shapes and colors.
Corrour, a 57,000-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands, is a landscape of hills, moorland and loch so harsh that there was little point in planting a traditional garden. Instead, Jinny Blom planted thousands of trees and a mix of wildflowers, which not only reflect the estate's Victorian legacy but also thrive in the Highlands dampness.
Of all the root vegetables I grow, it is the potatoes that give me the biggest thrill at harvest time. I love to stick my hands in the soil and retrieve the buried bounty, with a yield of eight to ten potatoes for every one that I plant.
At the University of Stuttgart, Germany, a new architectural discipline is evolving, with leaves, branches, and roots. The research group is called Baubotanik (Botanic Architecture), and it is where the architects are gardeners, and the plants are architects.
Biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel introduced the term "ecology," and pursued his study of the natural world with a scientist's rigor and an artist's philosophy. He traveled around the world to find botanic specimens and illustrated them as perfect forms and unifying patterns.
La Louve (The She-Wolf), Nicole de Vésian's house and garden in Provence is up for sale. This influential garden was designed by a former designer for Hermès—we take a look at how you can buy or visit this amazing garden.
In this week's post about What Makes a House a Home, Angry Wayne, aka Wayne Surber, the former executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, and the chef behind a new venture, Lonestar Taco, writes about how he started creating a vegetable garden at his father-in-law's house, two hours away—and how an experiment that started on a whim ended up creating a home he didn't know he had.
This magnificent rose garden was created on the site of a family olive grove, which has been owned by the same family for half a century. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, this olive grove was originally developed by the railroads, before recently being transformed into orange groves.