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Nature As Public Art

This month’s theme focuses on public art, touching on fashion, street art, fine art, and, what may tend to get overlooked, the art found in nature. Nature is around all of us whether it be a tree lining a city street or sprawling mountain ranges covered in thick forests. Nature itself could

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Bonsai: A Giving Tree

Bonsai cultivation is a paradox. It requires you to manipulate nature, but also yield to nature’s supremacy. Our modern lifestyle is controlled by our cellphone clocks and Google calendars, but the patience inherent in growing bonsai renders the practice an act of faith in nature, for nature’s timetable is paramount

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The Thomas Jefferson “A Rich Spot of Earth” Quiz

Follow @yaleSCIbooks “If heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market…” – Thomas Jefferson, 1811 Thomas Jefferson was passionate about horticulture and his gardens at his home in Monticello. Peter J.

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Jefferson: America’s Epicurean President

You may know Thomas Jefferson as the third U.S. President but ever consider that he has, thus far, been our nation’s only epicurean president? In his book “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, Peter J. Hatch introduces yet another of Jefferson’s many extra-political interests that

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YUP October Green Team Tip: A Visit to Yale’s Marsh Botanical Gardens

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Recently, the Yale University Press Green Team arranged a trip for staff to visit the Yale Marsh Botanical Garden, located at 227 Mansfield Street in New Haven. A botanically-inclined contingent from YUP wandered into the rain, and once inside the garden, they were given a private tour by

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Summer Vegetable Recipes from the Monticello Gardens

As summer begins, new cooking and eating habits begin to form: fresh produce from gardens and orchards become more widely available, but how have our practices changed alongside technological and economic developments? For most Americans, the store racks, and now even online grocers, have eliminated the agricultural pleasures, ponderings, and

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Sneak Preview of Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden Book

“No person has been more zealous to enrich the United States by the introduction of new and useful vegetables,” –Nicholas King, 1806 Certain US Presidents have been notorious for their green thumbs, perhaps none more so than Thomas Jefferson and the garden he kept at home at Monticello. Weeks before

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