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 »


Our California correspondent did a double take at these urban plants. Megan Mock writes in: “This home caught my eye will walking from the Castro to the Mission. The house appears to be growing hair from a distance, but upon a longer look, it is a plant with of stringy roots and branches – not a lot of green. I didn’t get a closer look but am curious how this plant attaches itself to this home.”

Thanks, Megan, for capturing these hairy plants and sharing them with us.

Old piano covered with living plants


This old piano, exploding with ivy and potted flowers, stands on a sidewalk in Brighton and Hove, UK. A passing urban plant aficionado shared it with us, asking to remain unnamed. Thank you, friend!

Sharp leaves poking through a wooden fence.


This fenced-in plant “looks like it wants to escape its enclosure,” writes Megan Mock, who wrote in response to our post on a banana tree invading a bathroom.

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