A balloon bridge, DIY gold planters, tropical fruits in the Golden State, beeswax and graphite drawings, and more in today’s Links We Love.
If you saw our slide show last week about the sale of Heronswood, the famed nursery garden near Seattle, you might be intersted in knowing the outcome. After the auction that was held on June 15, a buyer has been announced.
In the late 1800s, when the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) reigned in Eastern forests, the tree was a symbol of national identity. Log cabins were built from its lumber, Christmas carols celebrated its nuts "roasting on an open fire," and the tree dominated the landscape. At the turn of the century, an estimated 4 billion American chestnut trees filled a quarter of forests in the Eastern United States.
-Is Uncle Sam the original reason behind the love of U.S. vegetable gardens? After a visit to the new National Archives show in D.C., Corby Kummer thinks so.
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.
Jasmine, a long-time favorite flower of the Chinese, loved for its scent and use in tea, has been banned by the Chinese government. Starting in February, there was talk of a "jasmine revolution" floating around the internet and the Chinese government put in place an open-ended ban on selling jasmine at the retail and wholesale markets in Beijing. Even famous poetry about the fragrant flower has been yanked off the internet.
"Jasmine Becomes Contraband in China," The New York Times
We poll six farmers about what new vegetables they are most excited about bringing to their customers this year.