Plant Inspiration: Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


If you’ve got a black thumb, flowering quince is a good choice. Virtually indestructible, flowering quince tolerates climate extremes and neglect. This deciduous thorny shrub can stretch up to 8 feet wide, makes great natural fencing, and puts on a big show of blossoms in winter. Plant in spring or fall.

Heirloom Gazpacho with Edible Flowers

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Photo and recipe by Andreea Fegan

Since it is the start of the new year and most people are focused on eating healthy. We bring you this lovely gazpacho dish with edible flowers you can grow in your own Woolly Pocket garden.

1 small to medium peeled Cucumber
1.5 cups heirloom Tomatoes
1/4 cup Vidalia Onion
2 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup packed Basil
1 small Hot pepper, seeded (or per your taste)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Sea salt
1.5 cups Coconut water kefir (or can use water, coconut water, etc.)
2 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
1 Avocado
Nasturtium and borage to decorate

In my Vitamix, I simply add everything in and don’t worry about chopping things too small. Adjust the size of the ingredients according to your blender’s capacity for blending. Blend all ingredients well until smooth, but not too long as to overheat. If you’d like this a little more chunky, pulse to blend. Check the seasoning, and decorate with more heirloom tomato slices, borage flowers and nasturtiums.


Plants and People December 2014

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Winter is upon us and our #PlantsandPeople instagram brought in the cool icey blues of the season. Photos by @whimsyandspice, @lavicvic, @ravenreviews, @joshuascarlson, @diana_moldovan_, @ohracheljane, @thesamgraves, @p0ppies, @mikekus, @scarletrosee, @aloedesigns, @_wobin_, @itsjustourworld, @thislittlehouse_, @imaginarybookworm, @ry_dwy, @jessicasantacruz, @victorstonem, @fairchildgarden, @whighfield, @snailsplace, @pleasebabygiveittomelouder, @sloatgardens, @whostrevor, @katinaphoto, @victorstavila, @russiangarden, @karendoolittle, @mobotgarden, @hennablossom, @forvillagers, @iampatrickchin, @stemsofdallas, @katieanndenis

Plants and People November 2014

Thursday, January 8, 2015


As we settled more into the fall season, our #PlantsandPeople photos reflect the beauty of autumn and its changing colors. Photos by @_nicoline_mattzon_, @colerise, @cocoxochitl, @laurenlemon, @openjournal_neometro, @joshuascarlson, @aartlameris, @joshualott, @ravenreviews, @eugenebrown, @poeticaesthetic, @weekdayvegan, @burkedecor, @fairchildgarden, @ry_dwy, @alexabuza, @renecharlesritchie, @brinkleycapriola, @vildans, @diana_moldovan_, @conservatoryofflowers, @jumbojibbles, @denverbotanic, @justinablakeney, @rainforestgardn, @eliholla, @missbrandyparker, @grzesieksoczomski, @thebutchartgardens, @lexirae15, @linkamp_, @kimberlysabatino, @creativetimenyc, @semsvon, @jessicasantacruz, @theplantshoppe, @chicojack12, @paulanata

WoollyPocket Featured on Whole Foods Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Miguel Nelson is a man on a mission. “I love plants. I think plants are the coolest. I feel like civilization would be a better place if people spent a little more time with plants,” says the artist-turned-entrepreneur.

To help people have fun with plants, Miguel created Woolly Pocket , a low-maintenance modular garden that can hang on walls or fences. The modules — or pockets — can be used singly or together to create everything from a windowsill garden to a vast living wall.

The original Woolly Pockets are crafted from recycled plastic that is pressed into “woolly” felt — hence the name. This fall, the company introduced a new Living Wall Planter made from recycled milk jugs.

Kids Get in On the Fun

Miguel’s vision isn’t limited to helping grown-ups play with plants. He wants to make plants more accessible to kids too. Enter the Woolly School Garden kit, which provides materials to create a flourishing school garden — pockets, hardware, compost tea and organic seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers.

“Teachers love the flexibility,” Miguel explains, because the pockets are portable and can hang on almost anything, from chain link fence to an interior wall. That makes Woolly Pockets especially great for schools where space is limited.

“There was a school in New York with a rooftop playground surrounded by a chain link fence. They put their Woolly Pocket garden up on that fence, and it didn’t take up precious playground space.”

Schools interested in building Woolly School Gardens or a traditional garden can apply for a grant through the Whole Kids Foundation®’s School Garden Grant program, which provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Story by Whole Foods Blog

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