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Life and Death For The Win

Life and Death For The Win

Posted 12 March 2010 | By | Categories: fungi, Gardening, Inspirations, Plants | Comments

Pictures of Life and Death Garden Ellerslie Flower Show image by Ben Campbell

Delighted to read that “Pictures of Life and Death,” a garden featuring fungi, lichen and moulds by a team from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens took first place at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, New Zealand this week.

Pictures of Life and Death GardenJeremy Hawker, Christchurch Botanic Gardens Botanical Services Team Leader, describes it as a “dramatic, theatrical exhibit where fungi, mould and lichen will thrive. There will be a sense of being below the earth and looking out to a glimpse of blue sky, hence the name Pictures of Life and Death.” Inspired by the mold in Hawker’s coffee cup, the Botanic Gardens’ team spent months foraging for mushrooms throughout the region that they continued to grow on decomposing logs to include in the exhibit.

The Human Flower Project offers this as an example of bellephobia trending. Technically speaking, fear of beauty is “callophobia,” but only a phobophile would care about such details. I’d like to see it as an example of the dawning recognition that indeed, fungi can be exquisitely beautiful. Look at the love shown for the plant life in Avatar (another winner made in New Zealand and undoubtedly influenced by the work of Paul Stamets).

Here are some gorgeous views of the garden and an interview with Sheena Baines, the co lighting designer, who describes it as “The whole sequence is based on death and life and the cycle. We basically destroy the earth with volcanoes and earthquakes and then we rebuild it. It’s kind of death and destruction spawns new life.”

A Garden of One’s Own

A Garden of One’s Own

Posted 04 July 2009 | By | Categories: Gardeners | Comments Off on A Garden of One’s Own

Highlights from a slide show of some great gardens by some great writers on wowOwow:

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Joan Juliet Buck

garden_marlo.pngMarlo Thomas

garden_judith.pngJudith Martin

Links for 16 April 2009

Links for 16 April 2009

Posted 17 April 2009 | By | Categories: Links | Comments Off on Links for 16 April 2009

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  • Cheap and cheerful shoji-style solar outdoor lighting from IKEA: the SOLIG globe lights and light chain (US$20). Image from a wonderful review of the Ikea Solar Lighting Up Close by Notcot.
  • What materials are best for a school garden bed? Umbra advises on gardens and kids in Grist.
  • Trade, buy or sell local homegrown produce on VeggieTrader, a marketplace for backyard farmers in the USA. (Spotted in Springwise). 
  • OOOOBY store on Waiheke Island, New Zealand and online community for connecting with food growers and locavores to learn and exchange.
  • Exit Art programs in conjunction with their Vertical Gardens exhibition (NYC) of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof. It features over 20 projects, both imaginary and real, by artists and architects that envision solutions for building greener urban environments.