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Digital Nature; Artist Talk at LA Arboretum 7/28/18

Digital Nature Artist Talk at LA Arboretum 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007 4 pm, Saturday, July 28, 2018 free with Arboretum entry The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and Natural Discourse present Artist Talk with Mia … Continue reading

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Gilmour’s Interactive U.S. Planting Zone Map for 2018

“Planting zones are broken down into thirteen areas, also known as USDA zones, which cover the entire United States, including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. Each agricultural zone covers a 10-degree range. Zone 1 is the coldest, with an average … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse 2018 update

photo by MB Maher Natural Discourse, the series of lectures and accompanying exhibits that started back in 2012, focusing on collaborative efforts among scientists, naturalists, and artists to illuminate our increasingly fraught relationship with the natural world, is ongoing through … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse January 13-February 26, 2018: Living Proof; flora, fauna & fossil fuels

“Radiant Flux,” Nami Yamamoto, 2009, hand-made paper leaves, engineered for phosphorescence “Living Proof; flora, fauna & fossil fuels,” opens Saturday, January 13, 2018, 5-8 p.m. Space 151 Levy Art + Architecture 151 Potrero Ave. San Francisco, California This month artist … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Fire! Natural Discourse 2016

I usually have at least a hazy impression of the origin lands of the plants in my garden. Drawing from the five mediterranean climate regions for low-rainfall plant inspiration and choices as well as arid and semi-arid regions keeps my … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse: Fire! 9/30 & 10/1/16

I’ve lived long enough to have experienced the dispersal of information about plants move from paper to the computer screen, and it seems I rarely have the sense anymore that I’m cut off from an essential stream of information on … Continue reading

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I think I can grow these

Not sure what goes with your new AstroTurf lawn? Since 2004 Czech artist Veronika Richterova’s has cultivated a playful love affair with repurposing polyethylene teraphthalate (PET) “Since 2004 she has devoted herself systematically to serious artistic work with PET bottles. … Continue reading

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growing a planet

Have you noticed how plants really seem to be having their moment on design blogs? Seems like there’s not a photoshoot now without a potted plant lurking somewhere in the frame. Well, plants are getting their due from mainstream science, … Continue reading

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postscript to Natural Discourse; Flora & Fauna

It’s been such a pleasure to see what shape and expression each successive Natural Discourse has taken. Developed by Shirley Watts and Mary Anne Friel for the Berkeley Botanic Garden, a group of artists were invited to make site-specific work … Continue reading

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“Emergency Prescriptions Kept Up One’s Sleeve.”

Congratulations, Artemisia annua (Sweet Annie, Sweet Wormwood), on your recent Nobel Prize in the sciences. photo found here And congratulations as well to Dr. Tu, who solved the problem of increasingly drug-resistant malaria with artemisinin extracted from Artemisia annua. Dr. … Continue reading

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