The Hersonswood nursery garden has been sold to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, which had its ancestral land on the garden's property. The tribe will preserve the historic gardens and educate the members and public about native plants.
The American chestnut tree has dominated Eastern forests for centuries, but it almost disappeared when a foreign blight was introduced in 1904. Scientists have been trying to breed blight-resistant trees and recently planted several at the New York Botanical Garden, just steps from the blight's origins over one hundred years ago.
Bikers race through the streets with plants on their heads (above), the 2012 International Landscape Design Award competition is now open, a Lego tree house, succulent ornaments, Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens, the Windowfarms Project, clothing that grows, the underground "Low-Line" park, and the online release of the urban planning documentary Urbanized.
A Japanese astronaut, a Russian astronaut, and an American astronaut blasted into space today (no, not the beginning of a joke) and they are planning on growing plants...in space! Satoshi Furukawa (pictured) is going to grow cucumbers and his fellow astronaut, Sergei Volkov, will be growing tomatoes, to test the effect of growing plants in a gravity-free environment.
The New York Times reports on how China has banned all mention and selling of jasmine, for fear of revolution. (Even poetry about jasmine has been banned.) Rural jasmine growers, unaware of the controversy, are left with falling prices on their unsold plants.