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Washington landscape designer Richard Hartlage made a pilgrimage to Brazil to get a firsthand view of the gardens and public spaces designed by modernist landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. View the pictures below to tag along on his journey. Read the full account of Hartlage's trip here: Road Trip to Rio
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Some 20 years ago I had the chance of a lifetime to meet Roberto Burle Marx in Louisville, Kentucky. Late in his six-decade career (he died in 1994), he was there to discuss designing a botanic garden that never would come to fruition. I was a student of horticulture and had no real idea who he was or the magnitude of his importance to landscape architecture. He was gracious and solicitous of my studies and interests—and even invited me to visit him in Brazil. Too bad I never took advantage of that invitation.
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The check and balance between objects resonates throughout a stunning São Paulo garden
South America's largest city, São Paulo has evolved into a hotbed for some of the most innovative landscape designs in the country — and the world
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Perched between forest and the sea, a noted tastemaker in Brazil finds solitude and serenity in her elegant weekend home
While most plants disperse seeds far away, some have evolved a mechanism to keep them close and better ensure their survival. These geocarpic species actually deposit their own fruits in the soil. Last year, a botanist in rural Brazil named a newly discovered species Spigelia genuflexa, after its tendency to bow towards the ground, burying its seeds.