After the monster March earthquake that left Japan rattled, and one of the country’s nuclear reactors severely damaged, residents of Tokyo are facing a hot, steamy summer with limited air conditioning. Residents and businesses are preparing in a number of ways, including loosening dress codes, encouraging employees to go on vacation in August, losing weight, and creating green curtains to shade factories, office buildings and homes.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the city and have an apartment with a balcony, you might think you’re all set to have a breezy, easy little patio garden plot. But with high rise urban living comes unique challenges. This post from Life on the Balcony, a blog devoted entirely to patio plantings, has some great tips on how to deal with one of the more unforeseen challenges of balcony gardening: wind.
A Worthy Event: Bronx River Alliance Upstream Soiree
This one’s not for many months, but, since the tickets are a little bit pricey, we figured we would give you some time to start saving up for this great benefit event being held here at the Garden for our friends at the Bronx River Alliance.
Wonderful profile of Dr. Tan Kiat Wee, the man working to turn parts of Singapore into a botanical “ark.” In building Singapore’s enormous Gardens by the Bay project, Dr. Tan has traveled Singapore, and the world, rescuing trees and gardens from the path of the bulldozer, ” wherever there were developments we would go in and you will see the big trees that we were able to dig up.”
Have you ever seen a plant with henryi as the species and wondered who Henry was? Well, now you can find out. Click through to this story about the fascinating Irish plant hunter, Augustine Henry, who traveled to China and discovered more than 1,700 species of plants.
“Most people today, however, don’t regard gardening as an overtly political act, as it was for the Founding Fathers. But it can empower people and local communities.”—Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners, on the near simultaneous birth of the United States, and of the environmental movement, in the Los Angeles Times.