Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Winter Garden

Presents for plant parents and lovers of all things lush

Even (or especially) in the chilling depths of winter, plants offer a reminder of growth and life, nature and harmony. In turn, gifting something garden-related can act as inspiration. Whether you’re buying for somebody with acres of backyard or a tiny apartment jungle, cacti-killers or perfect plant parents, there are lots of practical and aesthetically pleasing options in our Winter Garden gift guide. From vases …

Interview: HempWood Founder Greg Wilson

A new sustainable design material enters the market with innumerable benefits

A patent-wielding Willy Wonka-like character who whips up sustainable building and design materials from various fibers, Greg Wilson has released details on his latest developments that focus on the dynamic, controversial hemp plant. His creation, HempWood, and its parent company, Fibonacci, are based out of a factory in a former cornfield in West Kentucky. And there, Wilson’s day-to-day workload includes educating consumers and imagining the …

Uncovering The Formula For a Mysterious, Medieval Blue Ink

For thousands and thousands of years a purple-blue ink known as folium was used to color all kinds of books, cheese rinds and more, but its formula was lost until a team of researchers recently deciphered the recipe through three ancient texts. It’s long been confirmed that the dye comes from the fruit of chrozophora tinctoria, but this isn’t a complete assessment. By poring over the …