On June 8, 2012, as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the York Minister Cathedral held a dinner inside the cathedral.
British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey use grass to make pictures—"living" photographs. Wielding the traditional tools of the artist and the gardener to harness a plant's natural photosynthesis, their process is a nice synthesis of art and science. Harvey describes their natural medium, saying, "The grass has a certain importance because of the simplicity of the blade.
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.
This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue as "The Natural."
When Welsh farmer Ian Neale unearthed his enormous rutabaga (Brassica napobrassica) last month, he most likely had some sense of the notoriety it would usher in—the 68-year-old has been cultivating superlative vegetables for many years. He previously plucked a record-breaking celery (52 pounds), and a beetroot (51.5 pounds).