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Crazy Plant Trend of the Day: Grass-Covered Cathedral Nave

June 15, 2012
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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.

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Botanic Notables: The Latest Hybrid "Papple"

May 25, 2012
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A new fruit hit markets in the U.K. this week. Round, red, sweet, and juicy, the hybrid fruit is described as a pear disguised as an apple. Until it receives an official name, the new fruit has been going by T109—or, to its friends, the "papple." 

Art & Botany: Ackroyd & Harvey's Living Photographs

May 24, 2012
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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.

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.

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue as "The Natural."

This article was first published in Garden Design May 2012

Botanic Superlatives: World's Largest Rutabaga

November 22, 2011
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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).