Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden


Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden

Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles…In my visits across the country and abroad, I’ve experienced some compelling imagery and special moments that have captured my soul with their intriguing visual details.

The New Nordic Cuisine
The luscious beet, perched atop a water-filled glass, above, was the lone perfect centerpiece on the bar at Volt, one of Stockholm’s most beautiful Michelin star restaurants.

Farm to Fork
A single votive warmed our table at Rosendals Trädgård, above, Stockholm’s urban garden, nursery, farm shop and cafe on Djurgården island in the city center. Housed in a greenhouse, the cafe is open year round (except January) serving seasonal fare using organic and biodynamic ingredients harvested in their adjacent garden.

In my own backyard, the colorful storefront patio garden of Suitsupply on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California.

At Kreation, a natural food and juice spot on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California, the colorful vertical garden blends various succulents with mosses around wooden block modules.

In my hood: I’m happy every day that I get to experience these palms soaring into the sky at dusk on the bluffs overlooking the blue Pacific in Santa Monica, California.

Winston-Salem’s Southern Belle
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina: My view of the garden through the porthole-like window at the Reynolda House of American Art, once the home of Katharine Smith Reynolds and Richard Joshua Reynolds, the founder of Reynolds Tobacco. Designed by landscape architect Thomas Sears, the estate has formal and informal gardens, a lake, recreational facilities, and a school. Katherine built a village to house workers employed on the property’s model farm that once demonstrated the latest farming and dairying practices of the period.

In Paris, a bright blossom leans over an antique French garden bistro table.

Salem’s Seed to Soil to Supper
In the kitchen of the Miksch House and Garden at Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Old Salem Museums & Gardens, costumed interpreters led an interactive living history demonstration of “seed to soil to supper,” 18th century gardening practices which included planting, harvesting, cooking and preserving food from the garden. As nothing was wasted then, scraps became part of another meal or compost for the garden. Today it would be called sustainable living with an organic garden.

A potted “vertical garden” wall spotted during a post-lunch walk in Bescanó, Spain.

From the Dwell on Design LA home tour: I loved the geometry and contrast of this home’s entrance: soft grasses spilling over hard concrete and a patterned tile wall.

DIY Planters From Recycled Plastic Bottles
During the weeklong Girona, Spain annual Temps de Flors garden festival, residents and merchants find spots throughout the city for their planted installations, like the one above created from recycled plastic water bottles and cups tied to a drain pipe.

When I walked my son’s dog in Brooklyn, it was a pleasure tossing garbage in this green roof trash container.

Exterior weathered Corten steel truss against the backdrop of the green roof on Alex Puig’s Vivers Ter design offices in Bescanó, near Girona, Spain.

Planted chair at Girona, Spain’s Temps de Flors festival.

Loved the contrasting lines and textures of concrete, stones, and grasses in this raised garden bed and retaining wall in Venice, California.



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