For the final post of 2014, I want to share one of my favorite topics ever- Living Structures!
You may be wondering “What is a living structure?” Here’s my attempt to define it: A living structure is a functional or artistic creation made of living plants, so it breathes and grows! Intrigued? Let’s take a look at some of beautiful examples and great tutorials that are totally irresistible!
1. Willow Dome
Imagine a little house made of living trees, that whispers in the wind, what more could I ask for? (from Ganesh | Creative Willow)
2. Bean Teepee
A tree dome may take a while, so before then, we can enjoy a bean teepee which can be created in just a couple of months! ( from Kids Creations )
3. Grass Sofa
The perfect outdoor furniture: soft, fluffy, fresh, fluffy, pretty, fluffy … ( from Greg | Cornell )
4. Succulent Sculpture
Shall we dance? I visit this sculpture almost weekly at our San Diego Botanical Garden. Will give you a full tour soon with better photos I promise! It’s made by filling a wire form with soil and peat moss, then planting succulent cutting on the surface.
5. Gourd Tunnel
I totally would not mind bumping my head on these gourds at all, if I can have this tunnel! ( photo from Modern Pioneer) Next one on our list offers a fabulous tutorial on building the arch!
6. Grape Arbor
7. Rose Gate
A gateway adds so much magic to a garden, especially when it’s made of roses! ( from Ann | Oregon Live )
8. Lemon Arbor
How delightful it would be to walk under the perfume of lemon blossoms, or the glory of the golden fruits? ( from Pacific Horticulture )
9. Willow Fence
10. Ocotillo Fence
A variation for desert climate, the Ocotillo will grow from a cane and put out splendid red flowers that are loved by hummingbirds. ( from Studio G Blog)
11. Laburnum Walk
One of my first loves in garden design is Rosemary Verey’s Barnsley House. The Laburnum trees need just a little pruning and training to form a magnificent walk. ( from The English Garden )
12. Living Chair Tree
Yes this one would take a few years, but can you tell from the artist’s smile that being hugged by a tree is so worth it?!? ( from Pooktre )
If you love living structures, you would love checking out these living homes called Earthships !
Happy holidays everyone! See you soon in 2015!! xo