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by Robin Plaskoff Horton |

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New York City rooftop gardens, design and photo by PullTab Design.

With your busy life, it’s highly possible you missed one of the wonderful things we’ve shared on Urban Gardens. Understandable. The good news is, we’ve rounded up the last five urban gardens fresh ideas for you—because heaven forbid you not be in the know!

Here’s what’s been growing, glowing, sowing, and flowing from us:

1. Grow and Glow: Hydroponic Planter Doubles as Fashionable Light Fixture

Here is an instance where size doesn’t matter. The size of your dwelling that is. Hanging from the ceiling, Spice-Versa grows herbs upside-down, growing and glowing as both a hydroponic planter and lamp. Read more about how you can pluck your own herbs from this stylish light here.

2. Grow With the Glow: Mush-Lume Compostable Lamp Shade Grown From Mushrooms

There is a creative fungus among us. Danielle Trofe, the creative mind behind LiveScreen, the indoor hydroponic vertical garden, just let me know about her newest creation: Mush-Lume, a compostable lamp shade grown from mushrooms–not manufactured, but grown of a home-compostable bioplastic. See more pictures of the Mush-Lumes and read about how they are made here.

3. Rendezvous in Green: Botanical Tiled Vertical Garden

Add this botanical tiled vertical garden space to the list of wonderful places to sneak off to for an afternoon rendezvous. Designer Thibault Faverie is back again with Tiles, a creative vertical garden structure composed of numerous individual planters. Want to make one of your own, perhaps add a mattress for afternoon naps? Read more about how it was made here.

4. Medicinal Plants Climb Walls of Paris Pharmacy

Can you believe how cool this Pharmacy is in Paris? Inside MaPharmacie, tinctures and capsules appear to float on living walls of medicinal plants, all reflected in mirrors under the glow of fluorescent lighting. See more of José Lévy‘s unique pharmacy design here.

5. LandEscaping: Taking Refuge in the City on a Rooftop Garden Oasis

Photo by Norman McGrath from Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York, Denise LeFrak Calicchio

The serenade of the city is hard to ignore, not to mention how it can affect our stress levels. With people bustling, smells wafting, and sounds buzzing, it can be hard to catch a breath of our own. Check out these rooftop gardens and you will see it is truly possible to escape the chaos of the city without even leaving your building. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all photo credits available on the linked post page.

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About The Author

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Robin Plaskoff Horton is the publisher and creative director of the Webby-nominated and award-winning blog, Urban Gardens–a mix of urban style, design, and nature. Urban Gardens is a lifestyle story told from the ground up: from seed to harvest to kitchen while serving it all up in style, with cutting edge design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. As a “coolspotter,” Robin explores the world's captivating travel destinations to experience what the global, multi-cultural, and creative universe is serving up in their own unique and sustainable style.

Urban Gardens is considered an "influencer" within the home and garden sector. Mashable named Urban Gardens "one of the top 10 must-follow home and garden Twitter accounts" and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine named Urban Gardens one of the top ten gardening blogs for 2015.

A seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator, Robin has facilitated storytelling workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, Women at Woodstock, and The Entrepreneurial Womens Network, and was a featured speaker at the Garden Writers Association and the Garden Bloggers Conference. Robin is a contributor to, Houzz, and has been a featured curator for Pickie and Luvocracy. 

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