Botanic Notables: Plants of The Hunger Games

November 18, 2013
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Editor’s Note: When The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire opens this Friday, early reviews say the dramatic and subversive storyline will not disappoint its ravenous fans. In anticipation, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy.

“Plants are tricky. Many are edible, but one false mouthful and your dead” —The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Sheep and the Hobbits' Shire

May 21, 2012
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Originally built for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, these rolling grass hills stood in for the Shire in the three movies. Thirty-seven hobbit holes were constructed, and 400 people planted trees, bushes, and other flora to create this part of Middle Earth.

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Charles and Ray Eames Documentary (+ Other Design Films)

November 08, 2011
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November is a bonanza month for design films buffs! Here's the trailer for Eames: The Architect and The Painter about the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames, opening around the country, starting next week. (Random fact: The film is narrated by James Franco.)

Links We Love, 11/4/2011

November 04, 2011
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-Check out this garden shed/greenhouse, designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, by Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth for Kekkilä Garden’s Home & Garden collection. It is a pre-fab shed, combined with a greenhouse, that can be assembled with just a screwdriver. This particular model is designer Linda Bergroth's summer cottage, on a distant island is eastern Finland.

Movie Night

September 02, 2011
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In 1933, Richard M. Hollingshead, a sales manager at Whiz Auto Products in Camden, New Jersey, propped a Kodak projector on his car hood, hung a sheet from trees, placed a radio behind the sheet for sound—and thusly invented the drive-in movie.

Though drive-ins, which peaked in popularity in the 1950s, have faded away, today's projectors allow homeowners like Renée and Bob Asher to revive the magic of Hollingshead's invention in their own yards. For the past four years during warmer months, the Ashers have screened films in their Kansas City, Missouri, driveway.

Harry Potter Herbology 101

July 18, 2011
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Neville Longbottom, Herbology's star student.

L'Amour Fou: A Surprisingly Sad Movie About An Estate Sale

May 25, 2011
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Yves Saint Laurent standing in his garden in Morocco.