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An Edible Zen Rock Garden Made From Japanese Sweets

An Edible Zen Rock Garden Made From Japanese Sweets zen rocks Japan gardening food candy

An Edible Zen Rock Garden Made From Japanese Sweets zen rocks Japan gardening food candy

An Edible Zen Rock Garden Made From Japanese Sweets zen rocks Japan gardening food candy

An Edible Zen Rock Garden Made From Japanese Sweets zen rocks Japan gardening food candy

Zen rock gardens are typically composed of carefully placed rocks, surrounded by sand that is raked to represent water ripples. They’re supposed to inspire a meditative state of calm and relaxation. They’re not supposed to inspire hunger and a sudden urge to put it in your mouth. Except this one does because it’s made of entirely edible ingredients. “In cities today, people do not have the luxury of gazing at gardens,” says Japanese designer Tomonori Saito, lamenting the loss of one his nation’s most relaxing pastimes. So he decided to create “Shin-an-ji Rock Garden” made from black sesame (the rocks) and sugar (the sand). Now you can have your garden and eat it too. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Man Spends 13 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Massive Dragon sculpture plants gardening
Photo © Damien Mcfadden

Plant care comes in many forms. For some of us it’s enough to keep a few potted plants hanging on for dear life on a windowsill, while others indulge in the joy of pushing lawnmower around every few weeks, or maybe even keeping a garden. But John Brooker of Norfolk had a horticultural vision unlike the rest of us. For the past 13 years he’s hacked and trimmed and molded the 150ft-long (45.7m) hedge outside his Frizzleton Farm property into a massive dragon complete with flowing tail and wings. Photographer Damien McFadden (also on Facebook) recently stopped by to snap these fantastic photos of Brooker at work. All images courtesy the photographer. (via Neatorama, BBC)

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Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal plants gardening

Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is an international mosaiculture competition held in Montréal, Canada. According to their website, mosaiculture “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).” The 2013 competition and exhibition opened June 22 and runs through September 29 at the Montréal Botanical Garden and features some 22,000 plant species and cultivars distributed throughout 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 themed gardens.

You can see hundreds more photos over on Flickr, however all photos here are copyright Guy Boily courtesy MIM. If you liked this, also check out the Bloemencorso parade in Zundert, Netherlands.

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Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles recycling gardening Brazil

As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Reponse to the garden was so huge the firm quickly released design schematics (in Portugese) detailing how to build one. A huge thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal!

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The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

The Camera Gardens of André Feliciano installation gardening cameras

I just stumbled onto these wonderful photographs by Brazilian artist André Feliciano who creates flower blooms out of colorful miniature cameras. (via design you trust)

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A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp

A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp plants lighting gardening

A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp plants lighting gardening

A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp plants lighting gardening

A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp plants lighting gardening

A Suspended Glass Greenhouse Lamp plants lighting gardening

Greenhouse by Czech designer Kristýna Pojerová is a suspended glass domed lamp with an inner gutter for growing herbs and other small plants in urban environments. A cylindrical opening in the base permits quick access by hand to the lamp’s interior, and allows additional light to exit below. The lamp is for sale at Art Light and retails for approximately $1,900. (via designboom)

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CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden public transportation installation gardening Chicago

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden public transportation installation gardening Chicago

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden public transportation installation gardening Chicago

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden public transportation installation gardening Chicago

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden public transportation installation gardening Chicago

I first covered the Mobile Garden project here on Colossal back in October of last year. UIC Art and Design graduate Joe Baldwin continues to pursue funding for his open-air public transit garden, but meanwhile was given the opportunity to participate in this year’s Art on Track festival last weekend by turning the interior of an el car into a fantastic sod-covered, ivy-laden garden. This car circled Chicago’s elevated downtown loop for five hours with several additional cars decorated with numerous other art installations. Photos via noisvelvet. (via inhabitat)

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