Whether kept with care in glass houses or growing wild in meadows, botanical varieties of all sorts wait yearlong for the pinnacle of spring. In this spirit, we unearth four stories from the NUVO archive inspired by greenery. Several years ago, Dr. Bob Bors introduced coleus as an easy indoor experiment in plant propagation for his horticulture students at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The Under the Sea collection grew from there, featuring vibrant and variegated foliage that braves the chilly winter months to bloom in full force during the warmer seasons.
Green spaces also serve as places for everyday escapism and can be destinations themselves. Traverse 350 acres of land at the Allerton and McBryde Gardens in Kauai, which showcase a magnificent variety of tropical plants. These gardens are part of five sites that make up the National Tropical Botanical Garden. For horticultural history, visit Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, which has roots dating back to 1798, or take a walk through Monet’s Giverny garden in France, which opens again for the season April 1 and inspired some of the artist’s transcendent works. “This is a reinvention of Monet’s garden, a series of modern canvases,” says head jardinier James Priest. “Everywhere you turn, you can take a picture.”