Photo by: Jon Whittle

When Ella Fontanals-Cisneros asked Raymond Jungles to design a garden for her high-rise rooftop, the Miami-based landscape architect accepted the offer, even though he rarely takes on such projects. “Rooftops are a whole other animal and not for the faint of heart,” he says. “But I wanted to work with Ella again, because she is such a supporter of visual art and design. I was also excited about the challenges the project presented.”

Botanic Superlatives: The World's Largest Treehouse

August 24, 2012
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One day a minister in Crossville, Tennessee was praying when, as he says, god made a suggestion. "If you build a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." And so Horace Burgess found a good tree, and began gathering wood. Today, 19 years later, the minister's treehouse is about 97 feet tall—the largest in the world, says Burgess, and probably the only one with a basketball hoop in the chapel.

Photo by: Richard Hartlage

Some 20 years ago I had the chance of a lifetime to meet Roberto Burle Marx in Louisville, Kentucky. Late in his six-decade career (he died in 1994), he was there to discuss designing a botanic garden that never would come to fruition. I was a student of horticulture and had no real idea who he was or the magnitude of his importance to landscape architecture. He was gracious and solicitous of my studies and interests—and even invited me to visit him in Brazil. Too bad I never took advantage of that invitation.

Photo by: Jon Whittle

Far from the madding crowd of the third-largest city on the planet — São Paulo — is the seaside villa of the chic Brazilian designer Ana Maria Vieira Santos. Affording a bird’s-eye view of an azure Atlantic inlet, it is cloaked by the lush forest preserve of the Mata Atlântica.

Chelsea Fringe Festival

May 22, 2012
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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show may be the world’s most distinguished gardening event, but it doesn’t have the Pothole Gardener. To hear how this planter constructs landscapes in road divots or to take part in dozens of other offbeat horticultural happenings, you’ll have to attend the inaugural Chelsea Fringe Festival, taking place around London at the same time as the flower show.

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