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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.

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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!  (more…)

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Art by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse (Bare tree in a bare park among high-rise buildings)

Last week, I saw this photo at Tête, an artist-run gallery in Berlin. It’s part of an exhibition of new work by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse and Unn Fahlstrøm, on view through Sunday. Though Florian’s work in the show is not primarily about plants — it is a series of observations about the way people live in Korean cities — in several images, the photographer’s eye for plants is clear.

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Basket of wild garlic (Bärlauch) leaves on forest floor

Since spring is so early this year in Berlin, the Bärlauch (wild garlic) is already at the height of its season here. We went foraging yesterday at the Volkspark Pankow. Some Bärlauch tips I’ve posted earlier:

What spring vegetables and fruits are coming in season where you are? What are you foraging?

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Chicken wire surrounding tiny, leafless plant and info sign in the snow

Winter may not seem like the best time to visit a botanical garden. It’s cold, the trees look stark and leafless, and the smaller plants look, well, pathetic. But as I recently saw in Lund, Sweden, a garden in winter holds other other surprises…

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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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Woman in park looking away in direction of fox in the background.

Can you spot the foxy friend in this picture? Not that my friend A. is not foxy, but look closer; there is second friend in the photo.

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Rendering of underground tree

And now for something completely different… simply by proposing a new park, three New York entrepreneurs have made waves among Manhattanites, urban planners and architecture nerds. The reason: their want to put the park completely underground, in a defunct trolley station on the Lower East Side, which looks like this:

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Waldmeister / Woodruff
Edible plants (woodruff and bear’s garlic) spotted on a foraging tour in a Berlin park.

The New York Times chimed into our discussion on urban foraging this weekend with an article about the New York City Parks Department enforcing park rules about foraging: namely, that it is not allowed.

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Hedge like a massive wall borders a parking lot.

Turns out that Vancouver has its own urban plant-investigating artist, the photographer Jennilee Marigomen.

My sister clued me in to her absolutely fantastic series Botanophobia, which is like Urban Plant Research but with everything – sensations, dimensions, absurdity – heightened and intensified. These photos took my breath away; see if you don’t feel the same way! (more…)

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