Flower Parades in the Netherlands

November 21, 2012
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The Netherlands has a long history of going cuckoo for flowers (two words: tulip & mania), so its annual Bloemencorso (Dutch for "flower parade") should come as no surprise. Except that every float is beyond belief, and even more so when one considers that the colors & patterns are all designed with flowers. Sculptures range from the surreal—twisting buildings & floating wizards—to the familiar—delftware china & Viking ships—and all are show-stopping. Bloemencorso is like Carnevale meets Macy's Day Parade, and everything is covered with flowers.

Art & Botany: Sasha Kurmaz's Botanic Photography

September 27, 2012
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A rose by another name may smell as sweet, but a poppy would be wise to carefully consider her photographer. Because when the lighting is perfect and the angle is just right, a botanic portrait can be a revelation. Such is the case with Ukranian photographer Sasha Kurmaz's work. With perfect lighting and positioning, he produces a perfect portrait of the botanic specimen: the fragility, beauty, and—dare I say—hope.

Links We Love, 8/15/12

August 15, 2012
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The Greenest Block winner, garden friendly chain stores, plant-based air filters, and more in today’s Links We Love!

Art + Botany: Frances Perlzman Liscio's Photography

December 08, 2011
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A botanic illustrator and erstwhile music photographer, Frances Perlzman Liscio designs and photographs floral compositions that are a little Victorian, and a little rock star. Interested in nature's ever-changing forms, Liscio collects her specimens and often waits for them to dry, curl, and wither. These are then arranged next to young flowers and ripe fruits, all on a deep black background. Her work becomes a lovely journey in botanic identification; with so many different species, the arrangements offer a familiar flower for everyone.