Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden is a collection of work that interprets the relationship between nature and the gardener as it grows at Wave Hill, a garden overlooking the Hudson River, in Bronx, New York. Our Q&A with Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator at Wave Hill.
The American chestnut tree has dominated Eastern forests for centuries, but it almost disappeared when a foreign blight was introduced in 1904. Scientists have been trying to breed blight-resistant trees and recently planted several at the New York Botanical Garden, just steps from the blight's origins over one hundred years ago.
Superstar gardener Ken Druse tells us about why he decided to create his latest book, Natural Companions, with images by his friend Ellen Hoverkamp and her flatbed scanner: "Soon after Ellen and I finished our book, Hurricane Irene churned through the Northeast, followed the next month by tropical storm Lee. A good deal of my garden was swept away. Now I have a record of things that used to be, and the book I wrote turned out to be a memory book."
The world's oldest seed bank is near St. Petersburg, Russia. Originally planted by an early 20th century botanist who collected in five continents over 20 years, it's believed that 90% of its seeds can be found no where else. Today, its fate is in jeopardy.
American artist Jonathon Keats designed a Photosynthetic Restaurant, where plants are nourished with cocktails of individual wavelengths. Acrylic filters control the sunlight that reaches the plants, offering a tasting menu designed to enhance a plant's energy and experience. Menu options include traditional, avant-garde, and spicy.