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45 Avant-Gardening Finds

From Shrub-Slurping Sculptures to Sky Gardens

— July 15, 2010 — Eco
Gardens aren’t exclusively for the backyard anymore, and this collection of 45 "avant-gardening" finds proves just that.

From shrub-slurping sculptures and edible eco structures to melon-made fruit gardens and potted plant necklaces, personal gardens are turning up in the most unconventional of locations.

Implications - Modern gardeners may not have the room for the extensive backyard plots of their ancestors; instead, they're looking for innovative gardening options suitable for unconventional spaces. Gardening plots that feature avant-garde design, atypical aesthetics and alternative irrigation methods let contemporary gardeners infuse bits of their personality and unique perspective into their plantings. To take advantage of this opportunity, designers should fear convention; idiosyncratic gardens with eco-friendly features.
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Rooftop Farmed Preserves
Rooftop Farmed Preserves
'Anarchy in a Jar' is Harvested from NY's Rooftop Gardens
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Eco-Friendly Places of Prayer
Eco-Friendly Places of Prayer
Europe's First Eco Mosque Will be Built in Cambridge
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Diaper Farming
Diaper Farming
TerraCottem Soil-Conditioning Hydrogels Reduce Water Needs
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Interactive Virtual Gardens
Interactive Virtual Gardens
Jifei Ou's 'Jing Hua' Lets You Create a Custom Electronic Flower
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Lush Cityscape Prizes
Lush Cityscape Prizes
The Green Corners Awards Search for Biodiversity in Urban Landscapes
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40
Virtual Horticulture Tutors
Virtual Horticulture Tutors
The Sproutrobot Online Gardening Service Sends you Seeds on Time
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39
Melon-Made Flower Gardens
Melon-Made Flower Gardens
The Watermelon Rose Carving is the Perfect Summer Centerpiece
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Shared Gardens
Shared Gardens
Sharing Backyards Finds Unused Yards & Turns Them into Gardens
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Shoelace Gardens
Shoelace Gardens
'Field' by Dominic Wilcox Consists of 500 Terra Plana Shoes
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Eco Electric Gardens
Eco Electric Gardens
'Sunflowers' Solar Collectors Make for a Mean-Green Botanical Garden
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Flowering Carpets
Flowering Carpets
The Genzano Infiorata Flower Festival Will Have Streets Smelling Sweet
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Glowing Garden Veggies
Glowing Garden Veggies
The Ripe Radish Solar Lamp is an Excellent Source of Illumination
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Monstrous Tree Accessories
Monstrous Tree Accessories
The Bigfoot Tree Sculpture is for Sasquatch Super Fans
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Plastic Wall Gardens
Plastic Wall Gardens
Garden for a Not-Too-Distant Future by Madrid's Luzinterruptus
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Personal Garden Initiatives
Personal Garden Initiatives
The groOrganic Garden Project is Sprouting up in Communities
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Planter Seats
Planter Seats
Furnibloom Moves to Incorporate Flowers into Everyday Space
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Far East Lawn Decor
Far East Lawn Decor
The Sumo & Ninja Garden Gnomes Keep Your Yard Safe from Samurai
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Potted Paper Gardens
Potted Paper Gardens
The Kyle Bean 'Liberty' Papercraft Speaks Volumes
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Potted Plant Buildings
Potted Plant Buildings
The Organic Building by Gaetano Pesce Features an Eclectic Vertical Garden
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Maze Fashion Shows
Maze Fashion Shows
The Streamed Jil Sander Men Spring/Summer 2010 Collection
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Sky Gardens
Sky Gardens
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000-Square-Foot NYC Project
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Eco Gardening Pots
Eco Gardening Pots
The Art Terre Sustainable Pots Make Gardening Even Greener
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Geometric Planters
Geometric Planters
The Crystal Collection from Pour Les Alpes Brings Geometry to the Garden
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Shrub-Slurping Sculptures
Shrub-Slurping Sculptures
The Golly Pods Gulp Plants for the Sake of Home Decor
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Sustainable Solar Skyscrapers
Sustainable Solar Skyscrapers
The Eco-Tower Building Has a Natural Ventilation System
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Parking Garage Gardens
Parking Garage Gardens
The Urbanarbolismo Benisaudet IVVSA Improves Air Quality
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Living Cars
Living Cars
The Photosynthesis Car Generates Energy From Solar Panels, Plants & Turf
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Rice Bowl Bras
Rice Bowl Bras
The Triumph 'Grow-Your-Own-Rice' Bra Takes Agriculture to the Extreme
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Levitating Parks
Levitating Parks
Rael San Fratello Architects' 'Migrating Floating Garden' Proposes Eco UFOs
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Oceanic Forest Aquariums
Oceanic Forest Aquariums
ADA Japan Creates Underwater Forest Habitats that Look Real
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Portable Personal Gardens
Portable Personal Gardens
The Babylon Project Offers Well-Maintained Green Cities
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Underground Tropical Gardens
Underground Tropical Gardens
The O2 Restaurant by Garduno Architects is Otherworldly
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Upside-Down Gardening
Upside-Down Gardening
Protect Plants from Unwanted Pests and Animals by Turning Them on Their Head
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Glowing Planters
Glowing Planters
The LED Light Pots from Rotoluxe Set Your Garden Aglow
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Strap-On Porches
Strap-On Porches
The Plant Room Gives Apartment Dwellers a Shot at Having a Shed
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Potted Plant Necklaces
Potted Plant Necklaces
The Growing Jewelry House Collection Features Real Moss
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Grenade Planters
Grenade Planters
These Seed Bombs are Grenade Exploding Gardening Tools
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Kitchen Gardens
Kitchen Gardens
The Herb Pot by Toyokitchin & Living Corporation
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Moss-Covered Furniture
Moss-Covered Furniture
The Secret Garden Table by Ayodhya Brings the Outdoors to Your Living Room
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Edible Eco Structures
Edible Eco Structures
The Living Pavilion is a Garden Design Made of Old Milk
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Hip Hanging Gardens
Hip Hanging Gardens
Add Greenery to the Walls With Flora Grubb's Vertical Garden
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Inedible Garden Ink
Inedible Garden Ink
These Vegetable Tattoos Make You Want to Finish Your Peas at Dinner
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Garden Tool Fauxttoos
Garden Tool Fauxttoos
Body Distortion Skin Drawings by Lynn Palewicz Look Like Tattoos
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Sinister Garden Gnomes
Sinister Garden Gnomes
The Sculpture Park of Veiji Ronkkonen is a Very Scary Place
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Hydroponic Indoor Gardens
Hydroponic Indoor Gardens
The Hyundai Kitchen Nano Lets Users Grow Their Own Organic Veggies
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