Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Lungs of the City

The urban parks designed and built by Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm were described as the “lungs of the city” and as “public pleasure grounds.” Olmsted completed Central Park, his first project, in 1873, having begun it in 1857. … Continue reading

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Diet of Flowers

Flowers are not just for looking at, or even just for smelling. You can eat them too. Culinary use of flowers experiences periodic revivals, but has been know since ancient times. The last surge in flower-as-ingredient was probably in the … Continue reading

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Beautiful and Invasive

If you have ever stopped to pick flowers along the roadside, taken them home, put them in a vase and when they died, thrown them out, then you might be helping to spread invasive species. Roadsides are disturbed and stressed … Continue reading

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Insectivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants seem to attract their own breed of plant lover. Browsing through the many Web sites posted on this subject one is struck by the difference in tone between a site dedicated plants that eat insects versus, say, one … Continue reading

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Pet Banes

Since we are usually not inclined to start nibbling on the flowers – cut or potted – that we bring into our homes, we might not stop to consider the danger to pets from poisonous plants. Some plants, like poinsettias, … Continue reading

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A Green and Pleasant Place

As a child I was taken to Planting Fields, an arboretum that is now a state park, in Oyster Bay on Long Island. As an undergraduate I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland and as a graduate student … Continue reading

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