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Deutsche Telekom co-opts urban gardening

In case you hadn’t noticed that urban gardening has become a full-blown mainstream trend, I picked up some evidence while window-shopping in the trendy area of Berlin-Mitte around Alexanderplatz the other day.

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Potted avocado plants on doorstep

Happy New Year! I’m sending you all my sunniest greetings for the new year, and apologies for the long silence. I escaped gray Berlin for three sunny weeks driving up and down my home state of California, meeting with my Urban Plant collaborator Sara in picturesque Napa Valley and spotting urban plants all along the way!

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My walks through idyllic summer Basel revealed small-city plants around every corner, such as the tomatoes and herbs inhabiting a planter that mirrors the form of an adjacent bench on a traffic-calmed side street in Kleinbasel. Urban gardening has certainly arrived in Switzerland, or perhaps more accurately, is spreading out from its established territory of back- and front yards and claiming new spaces!

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A summer visit to Basel, a small Swiss city on the French and German borders, reveals an abundance of cared-for urban plants and many others that quietly and happily share space with the city residents.

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