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Display of handmade cutting boards made of salvaged Hawaiian hardwood, by Foundwood

Amazing how much you can learn about mango trees at the Kaka‘ako Farmers Market here in Honolulu. While vegetable shopping this morning, I stopped to chat with Jen Homcy about Foundwood, her woodworking company that creates cutting boards out of reclaimed local hardwood. She took the time to share some knowledge about the wood she uses, including how the curl gets in the curly mango.

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Pages from book with photos of lakes and parks Pages from book with photos of runways and parks

In one summer, William Niendorff photographed more than 80 of Berlin’s larger parks and green spaces, from former airfields to lakeside idylls. You might remember seeing his photos here at UPR or on his blog, Planting Art. Now hundreds of his images from Summer 2013 have come together in his new book, Berlin Green Places, which you can view in its entirety online. Enjoy!

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Lively painting of a garden from ATAK's book "der Garten"

At 5pm today, artist ATAK is introducing his new book, Der Garten, 32 pages of his paintings about the garden. “The garden breathes time and time breathes as a garden. I go to the garden in the evenings to breathe,” he says.

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Two different urban researchers, charmingly named of Field Office, made a video about looking at Berlin plants. It reminds me of how, when I arrive in a new place, I suddenly don’t recognize most of the trees, leaf shapes, anything really except a few international plants like lawn grass and dandelions.

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A child of the city, now grown, decided to face her discomfort with the forest. Because this particular forest was a foreign one, where the trees spoke Estonian, Berlin-based artist Nadin Reschke asked local schoolchildren to help her communicate with them. In this video, the children teach her words for talking to trees: words soft as moss.

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Information stand with books and a small sign reading "Ask a plant nerd"

Real live plant nerds are offering their knowledge to the public at San Francisco’s Mission Community Market every Thursday. Asking a question is free; they also have small, affordable young plants for sale, such as nasturtiums, plectranthus…

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Thumbnails of photos showing process of making jam
Jam session in pictures, ©Pixxe.org

Warsaw foragers were almost foiled (unintentionally) by Solidarność protesters before convincing several marchers to save the day. Don’t miss this great post by Pixxe on an eventful fruit-preserving party. The fruit — including dogwood cherries, apples, pears and mystery fruit — looks delicious.

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