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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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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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Georgia over at local ecologist is featuring window box gardens from different urban plant bloggers around the world, from Tokyo to London. I’m honored to be today’s guest blogger, musing on my window box garden dreams. Read more in my guest blog post at local ecologist.

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Glimpse of Weißer See lake through the branches

Weißer See, Pankow, Berlin ©William Niendorff

Looking through the photos of Berlin’s parks on Planting Art, all taken this summer by Texas-based artist and landscape architect William Niendorff, it’s hard to believe all these green spaces are in Berlin.

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Wall display of square photos each showing Wolf Klein with an object balanced on his head: here, some dead Christmas tree matter and a kohlrabi

Wolf Klein runs a nomadic flower shop where all the flowers are photographs. Back in the day, he was also one of Urban Plant Research’s first readers. And, in more recent times, he’s been balancing things on his head. Some of them are plants.

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Tiny lawn spotted on the street. Toes shown for scale (and keep in mind, these toes aren’t very big either).

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