When the American industrial designer Russel Wright and his wife, Mary, purchased 75 acres of sloping land high above the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, in 1942, they knew little, if anything, about gardening or horticulture. But over the next 30-some years, Wright transformed the area, damaged from a century of logging and quarrying, into one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape design of all time. “Wright’s greatest achievement was the landscape,” says Jean-Paul Maitinsky, the site’s executive director since 2011.

Ends of the Earth: A Retrospective of Land Art

June 20, 2012
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This season, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art mounts a major retrospective of land art, the ambitious 1960s and ’70s movement that saw artists literally sculpting the earth to create works of grand scale. Often considered a renunciation of the commercial art world, pieces like Robert Smithson’s 1970 Spiral Jetty (a 1,500-foot coil of salt, mud, and rock in Utah’s Great Salt Lake) and Hans Haacke’s 1967-69 Grass Grows (a conical mound of dirt planted with grass seed) have inspired more sculpturally minded landscape architects ever since.

Links We Love, 3/15/2012

March 15, 2012
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-Above: Zara opened their new New York City flagship store today. The front of the store featured amazing arches of flowering branches, which were echoed inside the store, where walls of flowering branches were installed. The outside of the store was decorated with cherry tree branches, and the inside used cherry, quince, and apple blossom branches.

Bird-Friendly Habitats

March 13, 2012
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In the spring, as the frozen ground thaws and signs of green slowly start to emerge, we begin again in earnest to attract life to our backyards. To entice birds, whose avian acrobatics and cheery chirps enliven and animate our burgeoning gardens, we install feeders that often produce disappointing results or invite a host of unwelcome critters. Garden Design turned to Stephen W.

Bee-Made Flower Nests

February 23, 2011
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 This amazingly beautiful cocoon is made from carefully layered flower petals. The creator? A bee. Specifically, the Osmia bee. Four different species of this bee, Osmia avosetta, Osmia lunata, Osmia rhodoensis, and Osmia tergestensis, make these unique floral bundles.