April 7, 2014
In the right light, even a raucous grackle exudes a quiet beauty. Just be glad this photo doesn’t come with a soundtrack. —MN
(Photo by our dear friend and Visitor Services Attendant, Pat Gonzalez.)

In the right light, even a raucous grackle exudes a quiet beauty. Just be glad this photo doesn’t come with a soundtrack. —MN

(Photo by our dear friend and Visitor Services Attendant, Pat Gonzalez.)

April 4, 2014

What’s Beautiful Now?

Those long-dawdling hints of spring sneaking their way up from the underbrush. The Rock Garden is just beginning what the irises promise will be a flamboyant spring bloom of jewel-like alpine plants, as ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ up there makes so very evident. In the Visitor Center, the first sunny yellow daffodils are waving hello, and the viburnum and crocuses in the Ladies’ Border and elsewhere have joined in.

We’re tapping our foot for future tulips—late April should be a kaleidoscope if our luck (and the weather) holds. —MN

April 3, 2014

artandsciencejournal:

Camila Carlow’s Eye Heart Spleen

When we look at human organs, sometimes their imagery can be off-putting (though fascinating!) but artist Camila Carlow uses our organs, at least pictures of them, to create her intricate Eye Heart Spleen series; human organs made from foraged plants.

The artist combines different plants, such as flowers and leaves, already themselves unique living organisms, to create one piece, one organ, of another living organism; the human. It is interesting to look at her series in regards to the place of humans in the world; how we pick flowers, tear down trees and stomp around in the grass, only to then have our bodies be consumed by the earth, covered by flowers, trees and grass. The plants sustain us, as either food or helping to create oxygen, just like our organs, and just like plants, we sometimes too forget to take care of our organs. As the artist states, “regardless of whether we fill ourselves with toxins or nourishing food, whether we exercise or not - our organs sustain us, working away effortlessly and unnoticed”. Both plants and organs are delicate structures, and both need to be taken care of, in order for them to take care of us.

To learn more about Camila Carlow’s work, you can visit her website, or if you would like to purchase one of her prints, they are available on Etsy.

-Anna Paluch

There’s a business opportunity here for the morbid florists out there. How visceral can you make baby’s breath, though? —MN

April 2, 2014

steepravine:

California Coastal Forest Perfection

(Salt Point, California - 3/2014)

Explore more. It’s as much fun now as it was when you were a kid, but sometimes you need a refresher course. —MN

(via mycology)

April 1, 2014
zay4ik:

market

I had a star fruit tree in my backyard growing up, but still, it’s been a while since I’ve had some. Eat fun shapes, America! —MN

zay4ik:

market

I had a star fruit tree in my backyard growing up, but still, it’s been a while since I’ve had some. Eat fun shapes, America! —MN

(via flowerfood)

March 31, 2014

slowartday:

Lyndie Dourthe

Because living terrariums with their impressive lifespans still don’t offer the security of near-permanence, this batch is composed of faux flowers; sewn, stuffed mushrooms; and at least one florally inspired human heart. —MN

(via scopeartshow)

March 28, 2014
simonprades:

Philip Seymour Hoffman animated illustration for The New Republic’s Ipad version.

A peony, a rose, a magnolia*—there’s got to be a new cultivar out there in need of a name, and why shouldn’t it hark back to P.S.H.? —MN
*Yes, I know

simonprades:

Philip Seymour Hoffman animated illustration for The New Republic’s Ipad version.

A peony, a rose, a magnolia*—there’s got to be a new cultivar out there in need of a name, and why shouldn’t it hark back to P.S.H.? —MN

*Yes, I know

March 27, 2014
pbsthisdayinhistory:

March 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the peak bloom is forecast for April 8-12.
As you wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe, a Raspberry, Pistachio, and Vanilla Semifreddo from PBS Food.Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013

So close and yet so far. The longer I stare at this mesmerizing GIF, the harder it is to swallow that the cherry bloom is at least a couple of weeks away in our area—and more if winter doesn’t relinquish its hold on the weather. But, all good things come to those etc., etc. —MN

pbsthisdayinhistory:

March 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.

On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the peak bloom is forecast for April 8-12.

As you wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe, a Raspberry, Pistachio, and Vanilla Semifreddo from PBS Food.

Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013

So close and yet so far. The longer I stare at this mesmerizing GIF, the harder it is to swallow that the cherry bloom is at least a couple of weeks away in our area—and more if winter doesn’t relinquish its hold on the weather. But, all good things come to those etc., etc. —MN

(via fastcompany)

March 27, 2014
breakingnews:

President Obama meets Pope Francis
NBC News: President Obama has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the 1st time during his trip across Europe and the Middle East. Pope Francis and President Obama shook hands and smiled warmly in front of cameras. “Thank you, it’s so nice to see you, good to see ya,” Obama repeated before the two men sat down for a meeting.
Photo: Pope Francis and President Obama meet at the Vatican (video still via NBC News)

"After their meeting, the president presented the pontiff with a custom-made seed chest containing a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House garden - a nod to the pope’s decision to open the gardens of his summer residence to the public later this year. The chest was custom-made of leather and reclaimed wood from the Baltimore Basilica, one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the U.S."
Wow, gardens certainly have admirers in high places! There can no longer be any doubt that it’s time to prepare for the spring planting season. And if you’re ever in Rome, don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to see the papal gardens. ~LM

breakingnews:

President Obama meets Pope Francis

NBC News: President Obama has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the 1st time during his trip across Europe and the Middle East.

Pope Francis and President Obama shook hands and smiled warmly in front of cameras. “Thank you, it’s so nice to see you, good to see ya,” Obama repeated before the two men sat down for a meeting.

Photo: Pope Francis and President Obama meet at the Vatican (video still via NBC News)

"After their meeting, the president presented the pontiff with a custom-made seed chest containing a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House garden - a nod to the pope’s decision to open the gardens of his summer residence to the public later this year. The chest was custom-made of leather and reclaimed wood from the Baltimore Basilica, one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the U.S."

Wow, gardens certainly have admirers in high places! There can no longer be any doubt that it’s time to prepare for the spring planting season. And if you’re ever in Rome, don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to see the papal gardens. ~LM

March 26, 2014

cindykrikawa:

The Orchid Show : Key West Contemporary at The New York Botanical Garden, NYC.

Key West still lives in our Conservatory, at least through April 21. —MN

March 25, 2014
greeeenery:

Pleurothallis geminiflora
quoted from Flickr: Daniel CR …’s photostream

Heads up: this little Costa Rican native is a member of family Orchidaceae. Can you make out the tiny flowers? —MN

greeeenery:

Pleurothallis geminiflora

quoted from Flickr: Daniel CR …’s photostream

Heads up: this little Costa Rican native is a member of family Orchidaceae. Can you make out the tiny flowers? —MN

(via botanicalperversion)

March 24, 2014

Baltic Ocean Circles Explained

Alien landing site? Check. Bomb craters? Double-check. Anytime a new series of unexplained shapes is discovered along the seabed, humanity bandies about the usual suspects in hopes of explaining them away. But this time around, scientists aren’t letting the circles off the coast of Denmark remain a mystery.

First discovered by a tourist snapping photos in 2008, it didn’t take long for investigators to figure out that the culprit creating these circles was in fact common eelgrass. They looked suspiciously like fairy circles, actually. A lot like fairy circles. Check out the full story to see how these unique vegetative formations match up with the strikingly similar land-based fungal phenomena. —MN

(Photos by Jacob T. Johansen and Ole Pedersen)

March 23, 2014

hahamagartconnect:

SPOTLIGHT: KEHINDE WILEY

American Artist, Kehinde Wiley's work is a colorful blend of traditional and contemporary roots seen in his trademark over sized portraits where young men of color, posed in their street clothes are fixed into grandiose backgrounds that suit them as if they were royalty. Initially his portraits were based on the photographs of young men in Harlem, now he has firmly situated himself as the painter known to travel to urban places in Israel, Africa, Brazil and India to find his next subject…

Come join us on hahamag.com & Twitter to finish the conversation and learn some fun facts about Wiley.

I’m just all about these. S’all. —MN

March 22, 2014
We’re ditching earthtones as soon as possible, too. It’s spring, people. Look alive! —MN

We’re ditching earthtones as soon as possible, too. It’s spring, people. Look alive! —MN

(Source: mauriziodiiorio)

March 21, 2014

Model with her head in a ball of baby’s breath backstage at Julien Fournié Haute Couture S/S 2014 

Garden looks for spring ~LM

Model with her head in a ball of baby’s breath backstage at Julien Fournié Haute Couture S/S 2014 

Garden looks for spring ~LM

(Source: coutugh)

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