Bikers race through the streets with plants on their heads (above), the 2012 International Landscape Design Award competition is now open, a Lego tree house, succulent ornaments, Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens, the Windowfarms Project, clothing that grows, the underground "Low-Line" park, and the online release of the urban planning documentary Urbanized.
A garden shed compeition (including an entire category devoted to Tardis-inspired sheds), why trees matter, Earth Day, new blogs from Wired and One Kings Lane, orchid show in Houston, DIY Saturdays at CB2, and a Savage Love column for insects.
Australian plants are like the ultimate self-sacrificing mother: They give and give (certain trees can reach 20 feet in just a few years and flower for six weeks or more) but ask so little in return. (Fertilizer? Rain? If you insist.) Their fantastical forms, however—including sculptural, hairy, or waxy blooms in neon colors—are anything but matronly.