Art & Botany: Edward Steichen's Delphiniums

November 09, 2012
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In 1936, New York's MoMA curated an exhibit in which the artwork wasn't displayed on walls or in glass cases. It didn't need dusting or polishing. Nope, all the pieces needed was a little watering and a high ceiling for their six-foot-tall purple spikes. The museum was showing new delphinium varieties, hybridized by Edward Steichen.  

Botanic Notables: The Latest Hybrid "Papple"

May 25, 2012
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A new fruit hit markets in the U.K. this week. Round, red, sweet, and juicy, the hybrid fruit is described as a pear disguised as an apple. Until it receives an official name, the new fruit has been going by T109—or, to its friends, the "papple." 

Botanic Superlatives: The Blackest Flower

April 01, 2011
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Petunia is the new black. Adored by designers and admired by breeders, Petunia Black Velvet is the new darling in a trend towards black-flowered plants. The cultivar dazzled last season's garden shows, and will be darkening this year's gardens. "We're always trying to push the boundaries," says Stuart Lowen, marketing manager of Ball Horticulture, who developed Petunia Black Velvet (Petunia x hybrida). "The public always want something that's a novelty.