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How to Colonize Mars Succesfully, A Primer

Humanity will colonize Mars. It is inevitable. We cannot wait for everything to be perfect on Earth before we go to Mars (or the Moon). Colonizing Mars will unify Humanity in a way in which nothing…

Radically Sustainable Green Buildings.

Pink Greenhouses can grow food and make electricity

By tweaking the glass roof panels of greenhouses, scientists have engineered a way to effectively grow indoor crops and gather power from the sun at the same time. In tests, the special pink glass…

Radically Sustainable Green Buildings.

Starting a Plant-Based Diet? Here’s What to Know First

You’ve heard of a plant-based diet, but do you know what it actually means? Find out how we define this highly nutritious and sustainable way of eating. “Eating a plant based diet is…

Radically Sustainable Green Buildings.

Canada’s Most Cherished Maple Tree Grows in Toronto

Photo: B. Alter

Canada’s unofficial national anthem is The Maple Leaf Forever. It was written in 1867, the year of Confederation, by Alexander Muir.

He was inspired by the glorious tree in front of his house, Maple Cottage. And here they are folks, …

Planting Deer-Resistant Gardens is Possible

Photo: timberpress

This book is dedicated to “all gardeners who tend gardens in deer country”–it is pretty clear about its target audience.

Called “50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants”, it is a lovely compendium of the fifty prettiest annuals, pere…

A Visit to London’s Piet Oudolf Garden

Photo: P. Klimt

Each summer for the past eleven years, the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned a different architect to design a pavilion on the adjacent park lands. It serves as an inspirational place to hang out, hear lectures and have a drink.

Th…

How Can a Conceptual Garden Win a Prize?

Photo: dan lobb

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the little sister to the Chelsea Flower Show. It is smaller, less formal and has a country feel. Think Prince Harry: a little wild and crazy but still royal.

The Show has different categories…

5 Books to Get Your Kids Hooked on Gardening

Photo: Mairi Beautyman

Gardening can be a great way to get your kids to turn off the TV, stow away the PlayStation, and head out doors. Make planting fresh healthy produce a family affair with these five books, each of which is packed with inspiratio…

Insect Hotels Abound at Chelsea Flower Show

Photo: B. Alter

Insect hotels are architectural, recycled and perfectly formed. But you can’t stay there: they are for the bugs.

Several gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show were featuring them. The most stylish, attached to the wall of a recy…

Green Vertical Walls at the Chelsea Flower Show

Photo: B. Alter

Green vertical walls are very popular at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, as are green roofs. Green walls are a natural, good looking and environmental way to cover that ugly back wall. They are nicer than vines because bugs and ins…