Redwood National and State Parks: The coast redwood, the world’s tallest tree and one of its most massive, is protected in these four parks, which comprise 112,613 acres along the Pacific Ocean in northwestern California. One of the world’s tallest trees, 378.1 feet, is found here in the virgin forests of ancient redwoods, along with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce.
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The Bosco Verticale
All photos: Marco Garofalo for Boeri Studio
The world’s first vertical forest (trademark?) is rising in Milan. The Bosco Verticale, the project’s official title, will be completed later this year, marking a significant step in development of green architecture. The plan consists of two apartment towers festooned with a series of concrete decks, staggered and offset from each other to give the structures their Jenga-like appearance. Once completed, nearly 2.5 acres of “forest” will have been planted in these balconies, helping to absorb dust—-a major problem in Milan—-and C02, while shading and cooling the residents within.
"The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there."
- Pha Pachak
The Tree Huggers - Illustration
Amrita Devi and her daughters gave their lives to protect trees near their Rajasthan home in a confrontation with tree cutters in 1730AD. The Bishnois people are considered among the earliest conservationists in the world.
Nutley Gardens designed by Richard Hartlage. Images copyright: Marie Viljoen. More on 66 Square Feet.
The other day I stumbled over the blog (“66 Square Feet”) of Marie Viljoen, a writer and urban gardener, and discovered that it is full of beautiful images. Have a look at the photos taken in Nutley Gardens designed by Richard Hartlage. Lovely combination of green and yellow. I can easily smell the fresh spring air and blossoms in my imagination and I’ll bet you can smell it too. Enjoy!
HH: I had a set of those chairs, but made in bamboo and they wore out. They were the most comfy, cozy, welcoming seats in the garden. If I ever come across a set again, I am scooping them up — even though I don’t have much of a garden, it’s good to sit outdoors.
THIS IS A LOVELY GARDEN
An unusual green variety of sakura is called Gyoikou zakura, which literally means “yellow imperial garment cherry blossoms”. The name’s history refers to the green garments worn by aristocrats during the Heian Period (794-1185); however, the cherry blossom’s first cultivation dates back to the Edo period (1603–1867). Green sakura trees are scattered around Japan but they are elusive and not easily spotted due to the green flowers often mistaken as fresh new leaves. Green sakura are best viewed at the end of April.