An early look at the new 10,000 square-foot-living roof on top of the new Brooklyn Botanic Garden visitor center, due to open on May 16, 2012. Plus: Photos of magnolias—in yellow and pinks—in bloom at the garden!
Over on, well, the fringes of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is the Chelsea Fringe Festival. With community gardeners, "plant graffiti," and more, the Chelsea Fringe Festival is definitely worth checking out if you're already in London for the Flower Show.
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.
Antarctica's shores were once lined with palms & tree-ferns, its hills filled with beeches & conifers. That was 55 million years ago, when the continent was a lot hotter. However, this recent discovery asks scientists to consider the future: will the globe's melting ice be replaced with tropical plants? It has been a hot summer.