Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

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living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens  From Designboom  living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens all images © guy boily mosaicultures internationales montréal 2…

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Amazing – Not your average park landscape1

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Urban parks reinvented

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The city park ain’t what it used to be. While most parks in Montreal still have playgrounds, grass and sports fields, green spaces all over Montreal are being overhauled to offer residents a host of new types of recreational activities in…

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

First world parks – still seperated from the life of the City – Nature and Society in opposition – how do you se it?

 

 

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When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay

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Wild yards and gardens are popping up everywhere, but they still draw the ire of some neighbours who prefer their domestic landscapes more domesticated

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Public and client perceptions are slow to change – the wilder way is however slowly making ground. While less intensive in its upkeep and water usage, natural or wild gardens require an appreciation of natural cycles and they  have their  own maintenance regimen – it is still an artifice which will need input over time or it will become as some fear a "mess" – nature gardens mimic nature – it takes much longer and more effort to actually achieve a sustainable state of change that satisfies our need for interest and color on a year round basis – many wilderness areas are not that interesting or colorful for a large part of the year and our media induced need for "eye-candy" relentlessly drives much of the sale of  fashionable plants and garden design – still it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to try.

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Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping

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Much of the lawns at the Palm Springs International Airport will give way to desert landscaping, saving millions of gallons of water every year, and putting the airport on course with the city’s sustainability plan.

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Less lawn should be mandatory – however public and client perceptions of neatness etc are slow to change.

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Arboretum Playground by Taylor Cullity Lethlean » CONTEMPORIST

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Taylor Cullity Lethlean has delivered a new playground at Australia’s National Arboretum, located in Canberra, Australia.

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

WOW! I would like to play here!  Hey – is this fun or whatever play is supposed to be – I wonder if childrren were involved in the design – child- sourced design?

 

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