September 23, 2014

You wouldn’t call this minimalist art, would you? It’s rich, detailed. But so….mini

Lorraine Loots’ “Postcards for Ants” is an ongoing project in which she paints or pencils coin-sized, fully-realized pieces of art—one each day until she gives herself carpal tunnel, I suppose. Among the works are some stunning micro-vegetal creations that would give our botanical artists something to “oooh” over. —MN

(Photos: This is Colossal | Lorraine Loots)

August 11, 2014

Sometimes I look at the decades-old trees in the Garden and wonder what stories they would tell if they could. Mei Linn Chan takes this sort of sentiment literally with her gorgeous Leaf Type. With leaves like this, branches would become words and sentences and would give voice to the trees.

I love how she highlights the symmetry and asymmetry of her diverse choice of leaves by keeping only their veins to support her letters and numbers. And there are so many different shades of green! —HG

July 21, 2014


On Tuesday, a bonsai tree boldly went where no bonsai tree has gone before.

Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo, launched two botanical arrangements into orbit: “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai tree suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, and irises.

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Pair this with that time Anamanaguchi sent a slice of pizza into space and the past couple of years have been good for orbital art. After being launched from the site of Burning Man in Nevada, the botanical rigs traveled to about 90,000 feet before descending back to Earth, where they were found around five miles from the launch site. —MN

Have the various space agencies ever left plants suspended in the vacuum for extended periods of time, and if so, any ideas of the physical impact on the remains?

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July 18, 2014


Four Floral Posters Featuring 200 Flowers

This weekend, make an arrangement of something. A cut flower arrangement for your dining room table; a doodle of all the backyard bugs you can see in an hour; a Things Organized Neatly-style selection of the things in your hiking pack; a garden row of soon-to-be-edible seedlings. Set aside some time to make a thing. —MN

July 11, 2014


Clare Celeste Börsch

It’s Friday. Tell your boss you’re tandem waterskiing off into the sunset, leaving a wake of flower petals and geodes. —MN


July 1, 2014

Chris Genner - Meadow 

Just a good palette. —MN


Chris Genner - Meadow 

Just a good palette. —MN

April 29, 2014


Lil pattern I did for the folks at Moonlight Market, should be out in the next year on some bedding!

Reminds me of old sailor-style tattoos, and how much I appreciate a good skull-and-rose combination. Never let anyone tell you that botany doesn’t have a vested place in the history of body art! —MN

April 23, 2014


today I felt like trying to make a low poly mini terrarium model, so I did! I have a game about terrariums I’d like to make eventually in this sort of style, need to get better at it first tho

Waaaah, this is great! Pixel art has seen such a huge revival in the last few years that it’s probably about time we graduate from NES/SNES to N64-era designs. Now if only I could make this low-poly terrarium physical. Someone loan me a 3D printer. —MN

April 9, 2014

Weird is good, I say. And this spring, we’re going full-tilt weird (at least botanically speaking). On April 19, we’re throwing open the doors on a brand new art exhibition that embodies the stranger side of plants. Through a partnership with the American Society of Botanical ArtistsWeird, Wild, & Wonderful showcases the results of a challenge made to a global community of painters, illustrators, and more: look beyond the simple flower.

The result is both visceral and beautiful. Head through for more info on this bizarrely enticing exhibition. —MN

(Contributing artists, clockwise from top left: Ann S. Hoffenberg, Akiko Enokido, Nancy Gehrig, and Asuka Hishiki)

April 3, 2014


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

March 31, 2014


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

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March 23, 2014



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 & Twitter to finish the conversation and learn some fun facts about Wiley.

I’m just all about these. S’all. —MN

March 11, 2014

From Ocean to Ornament

To think that such a humble jumble of chlorophyllic flotsam could be coaxed into these beautiful shapes and letters. In the 19th century, home handicrafts often went far above and beyond the simple scrapbook, and this Victorian collection of lace-framed seaweed pressings is no exception. Created by Eliza A. Jordson in Brooklyn, L.I. (this predates the absorption of Brooklyn as a New York City borough), it now resides in the Brooklyn Museum's special collections.

Click through for a gallery of elegant and painstaking craftwork. It’s not often you see simple seaweed so lovingly posed. —MN

March 2, 2014

Coelacanth Pinecone Fish

It’s Sunday. Maybe you’re making the Shangri-La of brunches happen at this very moment. Or maybe you’re contemplating the hybridization of a conifer and a living fossil fish. Either way, righteous effort. —MN


Coelacanth Pinecone Fish

It’s Sunday. Maybe you’re making the Shangri-La of brunches happen at this very moment. Or maybe you’re contemplating the hybridization of a conifer and a living fossil fish. Either way, righteous effort. —MN

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February 2, 2014


I’ve been seeing a lot of icicles lately, and they always remind me of Andy Goldsworthy.  He’s a British artist who makes natural sculptures, putting together twigs, grass, leaves and rocks with nothing but his hands.

These are moments from “Rivers and Tides,” a 2001 documentary by Thomas Riedelsheimer that follows Goldsworthy as he works.  The artist’s process seems like it would be incredibly frustrating (especially with frozen hands) but the delicately balanced results are amazing.

Andy Goldsworthy is just one of the landscape artists whose work is featured in our current exhibition, Close: A Journey in Scotland The Photography of Allan Pollok-Morris.

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