Photos from this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival, with a bit of history of the festival in D.C., hanami's origins, and a list of 11 cherry blossom festivals around the country. Plus: Photos of other spring blooms in our nation's capital.
The discovery of the world's smallest orchid is, fittingly, the story of an intrepid explorer, an enigmatic flower, and the curious luck that brought them together. All but transparent, the flower's petals are one-cell thick, and its blossom is just 2.1 mm wide from tip to tip.
Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.
Take a virtual visit to Le Jardin de la Noria, which was featured on the cover of our September / October 2011 issue. Located in the south of France, and designed by Arnaud Maurières and Eric Ossart, this garden features many pieces of sculpture in an elegant landscape design.
Greg White's amazing photographs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, arguably the most important seed bank in the world, which is located in the deep, freezing interiors of a sandstone mountain, 810 miles from the North Pole.