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oak treeling in a jar

My housemate, who tends a garden in our backyard along with a few pots inside the house by her window, recently discovered a volunteer sprout in one of the indoor plant pots. But when she pulled up the “weed,” she discovered it had taken root from an acorn! A tiny little oak tree had developed inside of her room!

Impressed by its tenacity, we placed it in a jar with some water. Maybe we’ll plant it outside somewhere one of these days.

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Drainpipe tree sealed up

On November 16, 2009 it finally happened. Two men went to work clearing out the drainpipe tree and sealing up the corner of the church on 17th Street at 5th Avenue. This “tree,” really at least 2 or 3 young trees growing out of the side of the building through cracks created by a broken drainpipe system, had captivated me since the summer of 2008 and through the frozen months of winter. For the sake of the church community, I hope the workers got the entire root system out! Otherwise, I’m afraid, there could be a dormant tree waiting for its chance to break through once more…

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Christmas tree on sidewalk with chalk outline

Despite the long silence since our last post, our loyal reader Timothy in Brooklyn is still on the lookout for interesting urban plants and sent us in this scene from Park Slope, 11th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues.

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Now that we’ve had a breather after our breathless and beautiful residency at South Slope’s Open Source, I want to start sharing images and footage of what we did there for those who couldn’t make it – and also for those who did visit and contribute, but want to revisit! This video captures just one song of many from our closing event, the Jam for the Plants.
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UPR at Open Source - outside view

Urban Plant Research’s first New York exhibition and residency began last Saturday at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn! It kicked off with an opening party filled with friends, neighbors, fellow artists and plant lovers, pizza and beer.

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On July 12, in the high noon sun, I caught sight of a plant living down below the street, underneath the subway grates at 9th Street and 6th Avenue.

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With the ivy-graffiti still on my mind, I’d like to share some more amazing instances of climbing plants I’ve discovered in Park Slope. This photograph that I took a little while ago, with its lush, dark ivy, reminds me of Leslie’s photograph of Juncker’s Hotel Garni, minus the beautiful way the ivy flows into windowboxes.

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