Working at the Garden has completely changed how I think about gardening. On the one hand, I now think very seriously about plants; about good plants vs. bad plants, about the role of plants in the landscape, and about how plants can keep us healthy.
But on the other hand, working at the Garden has really made me loosen up about plants. I have learned not to take my failures too seriously, to not worry about putting plants in the wrong spot (they can always be moved!), and I have learned that plants are infinitely flexible and that experimenting with plants is the most satisfying part of gardening.
I feel then, a certain kinship with the mad scientist behind this Tumblr I just came across, Garden Science. There is some seriously nerdy stuff going on here, and some wild experiments, but most of all, this blog is all about the fun of plants. I mean, this guy (or gal? I can’t tell) has decided to plant an entire garden culled from his (or her?) kitchen. Now, that’s the kind of geeky gardening I can get behind! ~AR
The instant garden is now full. Meet the newest residents:
A co-worker gave me two raw almonds at work to eat, but I opted instead to put them in my pocket, take them home, and plant them in the garden to see what would happen. I scored the kidney beans from the kitchen after opening a drawer…
According to Phys.org, nitrogen pollution is getting so bad, carnivorous plants in Swedish bogs no longer need to catch as many insects for nutrients. Although this might sound like a good thing for the plants, it may not be so great for the ecosystem.
We learn in our high school…
As a fellow carnivore, I’m empathizing with the Venus flytraps on this one. Making the leap from carnitas and calamari to strict vegetarianism would probably kill me out of sheer system shock, so I imagine ditching one’s buggy brunch is the equivalent. Being forced for environmental reasons—even worse.
Nitrogen is good for plants in moderation, but as any gardener will tell you, overdoing it can be disastrous. Nothing like a fruitless, overgrown tomato plant to clue you in to that reality. Here’s hoping nitrogen pollution is tackled before the pitcher plants go full soy latte on us. —MN
My French is, shall we say, nonexistent. And yet, I think I am able to gather that this post by Le Oui Blog includes instructions on how to create your own Monet-inspired paper water lilies. First you buy a cheap kit, then you use the included pieces as patterns for creating your own patterns out of old books. And in true bonus fashion, there’s also a little hack for using pretty old buttons for making lotuses! I believe if I was French I would say “ce qui est très cool!” and a really great way to have a little piece of Monet’s Gardenat home. ~AR
We have noticed this correlation, too, and are offering concerts throughout Monet’s Garden featuring Debussy and his contemporaries Faure and Roussel. The next one isn’t until October 7, but if you want to indulge in additional artistic synchronicity, you can visit ourMonet to Mallarme Poetry Walk in the Perennial Garden.
It’s no big secret that art and music are often correlated—they possess a unifying motive to illustrate something (at least in the realm of 19th Century Impressionism) either through literal illustration or evoking an image through music.
With that said, I find the attachment of certain artists…
Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History looks at the tradition of brewing in the city from the first Dutch settlers through to modern day. And that tradition has seen a lot of changes. In 1880 New York State was the largest producer of hops in the country, and the city boasted numerous breweries and beer halls…
The Urban Hops project is already underway, with the NYBG and The Bronx Brewery having joined with community gardens to plant over 120 Cascade hop vines around our borough. What comes of these plants will be used to brew a truly original Bronx beer, the profits of which will go right into the Bronx Green-Up program. It’s pretty neat business.
The Urban Hop brew won’t hit bottles until fall, but if you want to get a taste of what the BB folks are doing with craft beer these days, there’s a pair of perfectly good opportunities this Saturday, June 16, 2 and 4 p.m., at the New York Historical Society’s weekend Beer Here event. The brains behind the brewery will be in attendance, as will their sudsy-delicious concoctions. Click through for more info. —MN
I am loving this new-to-me blog about urban gardening and local eating, Local Food Me. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that Jay has been spending time at the Garden, but seriously, check it out; Jay has a very good start on a well designed terrace garden that will make you swoon! Oh, and this tart looks scrumptious. ~AR
Coming at you from the Bronx, where I’ve been spending a good amount of time lately. Dinner and pastries on Arthur Avenue, art installations in old mansions, and long walks through the unrivaled Botanical Garden.