Permeable Pavers

July 25, 2012
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Among the heartaches of landscape design is that most any given front yard must contain a big slab of heat-sinking, water-collecting pavement upon which homeowners drive and park. But one possible solution has been under our feet all along.

Art & Botany: Ackroyd & Harvey's Living Photographs

May 24, 2012
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British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey use grass to make pictures—"living" photographs. Wielding the traditional tools of the artist and the gardener to harness a plant's natural photosynthesis, their process is a nice synthesis of art and science. Harvey describes their natural medium, saying, "The grass has a certain importance because of the simplicity of the blade.

Cutting Edge: Bruno Duarte

January 29, 2010
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For Toronto-based floral designer Bruno Duarte, a bouquet doesn’t need a lot of flowers to be spectacular. Since opening his shop Fresh Floral Creations five years ago — which accommodates everything from single-arrangement walk-ins to big events — he has kept his focus on the structural qualities of plants, often deftly bending and shaping them with the skill of a sculptor. Duarte’s style draws inspiration from nature as well as high fashion and home décor, believing that all these things are closely married.