Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Other People's Green Pictures.

This is a photograph by a fellow photographer/friend Abigail Grenon, of a car wash in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

hmm...i love flickr. Also, one of my links is a blog called Urban Nature Group, and a lot the pictures are pretty yummy.

Slate: On Gardening in Iran

Here is an article by Constance Casey about Gardening in Iran. Casey interweaves the current political tensions between Iran and America with tidbits of the tour she took called, Gardens Illustrated.

The same snowmelt that waters the elderly plane tree is used [at the main nuclear facility in Natanz for] cooling.

Through all of the tension and cultural differences that face Americans and Iranians alike, Casey reiterates that information, while allowing us to relate to their desire of enjoying green spaces.(Granted, their public gardens seem to put ours to shame.)

In Iranian cities, as the sun goes down, families and groups of friends come out to parks and gardens carrying carpets. There are wooden platforms where you can unroll a rug and sit or recline in the shade, listening to the water and drinking tea.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Allston near Harvard Avenue

yes, that is right, this little green entryway is in the heartland of all things grungy and sticky.

it's really out of place, but i think that makes it even better.

Friday, May 4, 2007

100,000 more trees

I am a little late on this news, but since it is going to take 13 years to finalize, I don't feel so bad.

Last Saturday, Mayor Menino announced that the city of Boston is going to recieve 100,000 more street trees over the next 13 years.


"As part of the initiative, the mayor will also announce a new partnership with the US Forest Service that designates Boston as an urban experimental forest -- one of three such sites in the country -- where scientists and arborists will conduct research to document the effects of trees on people and the environment."

- Jenna Russell on Boston.com

One of the reasons for this intiative, along with cooler temperatures and cleaner air is, improved psychological affects urban trees have on humans. They are even investigating to see if increasing street trees decreases crime rates. wow.

The article also featured a pretty awesome breakdown of trees in specific areas of Boston: