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Art + Botany: Studio Glithero's Blueware Ceramics

January 06, 2012
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Blueware collection is a series of ceramic pieces by designers at Studio Glithero. Inspired by a long tradition of blue-and-white pottery (Dutch Delftware, Chinese porcelain, British Jasperware), the London-based studio applied a more modern technique: they used cyanotyping, a proto-photographic process, to capture images on ceramic tiles and vases.

Art + Botany: Albrecht Dürer's Great Piece of Turf

August 18, 2011
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Albrecht Dürer's "Great Piece of Turf" (Das große Rasenstück) is remarkable for its universality—a snapshot of wild flowers and grasses that could be drawn from any country, at any time—and as a landmark painting in sixteenth century Europe, when weeds were more than a gardener's headache, and realism had yet to influence the field of botanic illustration. 

Botanic Notables: The Dandelion

August 04, 2011
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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered. 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic (1878)

Botanic Notables: Urban Forager Steve "Wildman" Brill

July 01, 2011
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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

National Dandelion Day

April 05, 2011
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My calendar says it's National Dandelion Day and I have seen the plants starting to pop up around town. Did you know that you can actually buy the seeds for this plant if you're looking to grow it, rather than eliminate it? After all, it's quite a useful little plant.

 

Our sister publication SAVEUR has a whole page of dandelion recipes, including soup, salads, and fava beans topped with dandelion greens. Get the recipes here.

Gardening Advice: Bishop's Weed

October 03, 2001
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Q: I have a large bank covered with bishop’s weed. What can I add to make the planting more interesting? Gary Johnson, W. Peabody, Mass.