Huge rectangular shrub with basketball hoop embedded in it.

If you like oddities in urban space, plant-related or otherwise, @jesmcdowell‘s photos are for you. One of the funniest folks I know on Instagram, whom I’ve been following for almost four years now.

This is but one of Jes’s kooky finds. If anyone has an idea how this basketball hoop plant was grown/constructed, I could really use some theories.

Galerie im Körnerpark with installation of plant-like pipes and tubes.

For a few more days, deep in Berlin’s Neukölln district, you can find an entire exhibition full of art about urban gardens and plants. And the gallery is in an urban oasis, a sunken garden with fountains, lawns and flowers.

Do stop by Körnerpark if you are in town and see Urban Plant Research exhibiting alongside other botanically-inclined artists. The closing reception at 5pm on Sunday, October 11, will include a tour guided by the curator and several of the artists. We sadly cannot be there in person and hope you will represent us if you are in Berlin!

Image from Galerie im Körnerpark’s Facebook page, © Nihad Nino Pusija, 2015.

A bush resembling a reclining person. Photo by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse.

“When I think about my first impressions of Korea, I see before all else overpopulated, hectic, noisy cities, modest, traditional architecture side by side with the ubiquitous functional yet disconsolate prefabricated housing blocks; I see Buddhist pagodas hemmed in by 8 lane traffic arteries…” writes Florian Bong-Kil Grosse about his new book of photography, Hanguk. This thoughtful, plant-appreciating Berlin artist shared some photos on this blog last year, and now we’d like to share his new publication and other recent work.

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While traveling through Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, I spotted (well, it was hard to avoid noticing) these large planters in the shape of oversized flower pots. Roughly five to seven feet tall, they’re scattered throughout Terminal 2. An odd choice of decor even for an airport terminal, I think. This image makes me think of some dystopian, futuristic sci-fi novel in which humans are taken on board the spacecraft of a very large alien species who have heard that houseplants remind humans of home…

That’s just my take on it. But I’m not sure these trees/bushes are all too pleased either!

Flowers grow from thin gap between building and sidewalk. Plants grow from thin gap between building and sidewalk.

Hollyhocks and few other plants are thriving in the tiny gap between the buildings and sidewalks of Denver (though a few look like they’ve been pruned).

Min Li Chan of San Francisco send this photo-report from her travels to the RiNo arts district, which she described as “an industrial area turned hipster art neighborhood, not unlike Williamsburg five years ago.” Perhaps we should compare Brooklyn plants to Denver plants?

Thank you to Min Li for stopping to observe some urban plants and share them with us!

Ivy-covered facade of a gallery in a park: Körnerpark in Neukölln, Berlin.

The exhibition Andere Gärten (Different Gardens) opens this Friday in Berlin and Urban Plant Research is honored to be participating with a new video, Beobachtungen/Observations. We’re especially excited about the show because it is not only about urban gardens, it will be in an urban garden!  Continue Reading »

The book If you are ever wandering the streets of Berlin, or another city for the matter, and find yourself wondering about the weeds and wild plants underfoot, you can now reach for this little book. During our residency in Berlin-Lichtenberg last year, Sara collected a herbarium of common wayside urban plants on our walks through the district.  Continue Reading »


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