Andromeda polifolia, or bog rosemary, got its name from Greek mythology, and was named by the Father of Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus.
His journals, with meticulous details, careful field sketches, and eloquent descriptions, read like botanic field guides, cultural ethnographies, and dream journals, all rolled up into one.
It takes a village to grow a picture in a rice field: Since 1993, a small Japanese village has been creating rice paddy art, in an effort to increase tourism. It's a hybrid of traditional illustration and crop circles, with canvases that are as large as football fields.
Inspired by the natural world, artist Sasha Prood has illustrated an alphabet by drawing plants that naturally fall into the shapes of the letters. Garden Design interviews Prood about her work and her plant muses.
An exhibit at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh documents the success of a project called extInked. A social experiment and an ecological initiative, the project paired one hundred of the country's threatened flora, fauna, and fungi with volunteers that would become ambassadors for their species, with a tattoo to prove it.
Victorian horticulturalists were quite interested in scrapbooking and gardening and their two interests were combined in the ephemera of seed company trading cards, some of which can still be found (and collected) today. With funny illustrations and silly advertising mottoes, these seed company trading cards are a peek into the gardens of the past.