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Contemporary Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger hung flowers, seeds, and branches in a 17th-century church in Venice as part of the 50th Venice Biennale. They called it Falling Garden, a world in which visitors lie in repose on the mausoleum floor, while "the garden thinks for them." 
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Before there was Instagram, there was the Claude glass—a small, tinted, convex mirror that was popular in the 18th century. Toted in artists' cases and tourists' pockets, the portable mirror offered a transformed view of the scenery that became popular with wealthy British vacationers—a world viewed through a Claude glass was a journey through ephemeral snapshots of softly-rendered nostalgia. 

 

 

 

Ancient pollen grains preserved on the site of a royal palace in Jerusalem have given researchers a vision of 7th century B.C garden opiulence: a lush paradise with surprising exotics and traitional species. 
On the mainland, celebrities get a Hollywood star; in Hawai'i, it's a tree on Banyan Drive. 
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“Garden design in Turkey is waking up from 50 years of sleep,” says Turkish garden historian and designer Gürsan Ergil. “It is a baby in the crawling stage. But people are starting to think about reintroducing nature in their lives, and I am doing my best to help.” We take a look at some of Ergil's pieces and landscape designs.
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The greenhouse makes a comeback in some surprising places.
'The Senator,' a 3,500 year old cypress in the swamplands of central Florida, burned and collapsed in January. 
A legendary white oak in Athens, Georgia, known as "The Tree that Owns Itself," is the only tree in the world to have been granted legal ownership to itself and its surrounding land.  
Interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts and his partner, architect Steven Harris, bought an island paradise in Croatia. This is the story of how they, along with landscape architect David Kelly, transformed an overgrown property into an amazing summer home with timeless Mediterranean views.
The famous Tree House at Pitchford is said to be the oldest one in the world. 
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