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A curmudgeonly traveler, Marianne North went around the world—twice! alone!—during the Victorian era, armed with a parasol and an easel, determined to paint as many of the world's plants as possible.  The result, some 800 paintings of flora, many of which were unknown to European audiences, are on display at Kew Gardens, and her travel writings have been gathered in a new book, Abundant Beauty. We take a look at the life of this remarkable woman.
David Trubridge, an industrial designer, writes about his unusual Dream Space sculpture. Its use is only limited by your imagination—it can serve as a trellis for vines, an outoor sleeping tent, or as a way to delineate a seating area in the garden.
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Artist Robert Irwin designed the gardens at Dia:Beacon and the result is a beautiful echo of both the building—a former factory—and the art inside, including works by Richard Serra and Donald Judd.
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Has London one-upped Paris when it comes to vertical gardens on museum walls? The National Gallery in London unveiled a vertical garden that is a living reproduction of Van Gogh's "A Wheatfield, with Cypresses," using 8,000 living plants of more than 26 varieties.
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The artist collective London Fieldworks has been creating fantastic bird houses since 2008, sculptures that draw from sources as diverse as 1960s public housing, dictator's palaces, and more.
Related Topics: Ideas | art | birdhouses | Design | London
How to say "I love you?" Flora's Lexicon, an exhibit at Carnegie Mellon's Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, in Pittsburgh, is all about the language of flowers, and the institute will be having a free open house this Sunday and Monday.
Steven N. Meyers, a medical X-ray technologist, uses radiography techniques to botanic specimens, capturing the elegant portraits of plants and their insides that would otherwise go unseen.
Audrey Sterk paints murals of New England coastal scenes that take months to complete, but with digital printing technology, she can customize the work to match your decor. Her work is available in either wallpaper panels or moveable canvas versions.
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Since 1890, Harvard's glass flowers have fascinated both academics and the general public. Made in Dresden, Germany, these full-size specimens are meticulously detailed, existing as both scientifically accurate models and unusual pieces of art.
Related Topics: Ideas | Anna Laurent | art | art + botany | Victorian
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North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty builds fantastic woven houses from tree branches all around the world.
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