Spending time with their grandparents in rural South Carolina inspired sisters Taylor and Marty Moore to launch a unique business called Urban Garden Prints. Since its conception, this enterprise has expanded from simple neutral pressed botanical prints into a fully operational enterprise that now serves customers from 49 states around the globe.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is an industry leader in garden design, plant conservation, and expert horticulture. Additionally, our gardens of all sizes serve as inspiration.
Gardening in the City
People in densely populated cities have long sought small green spaces to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers for personal consumption. City gardens range from window boxes to rooftop gardens; alleyways and small backyards with patches of soil or sidewalk strips between parking spots also serve as perfect gardens. Even urban spaces that lack access to parks may still host greenery – window boxes or wall-mounted planters may provide enough room to cultivate plants without accessing outdoor gardening space; containers like bird feeders can attract birds and bees while flowering plants like Zinnias or Black-eyed susans offer nectar and pollen respectively for wildlife interaction.
Urban gardeners can cultivate various vegetables, fruits, and herbs; however, most urban gardeners also favor growing things with beautiful aesthetics. That is why most urban gardens feature vibrant blossoms rather than typical dark green leaves, adding visual interest and making coordinating decor easier.
Urban gardening has quickly grown as more people move to urban areas and seek connections to nature. A recent survey reported that proximity to outdoor spaces was one of the top considerations when making housing choices; this trend has given birth to an industry of urban gardening as cities rethink land use policies to incorporate more greenery into built environments.
Even as part of an urban landscape, city gardens require careful consideration for planning. Urban soil tends to be less fertile than its rural counterpart, and some areas lack access to fresh water. Gardeners have found ways around these challenges through composting, rainwater collection, and other techniques that take full advantage of available resources.
Adding natural features to urban landscapes can also foster a sense of community. An excellent example is an urban gardening movement which encourages neighbors to collaborate on creating shared spaces for social, educational, and artistic pursuits.
Rooftop gardens can be one of the most exciting urban garden ideas. Not only can these spaces look lovely, but they can also bring numerous health and environmental advantages. Simple garden designs consist of pots or containers arranged in an area, but you can add more features, such as trellises, fences, and other structures, for an aesthetically pleasing finish. The cost of rooftop gardens depends on size and design – though most costs don’t cost thousands of dollars! Raised beds or container gardens can cost as little as a few hundred dollars to create, provided that your building manager observes weight limits and regulations. Lightweight materials like wooden planters, plastic pots, and foam could help ensure you stay within those restrictions for your roof.
Rooftop gardens can help curb the Urban Heat Island effect. As concrete absorbs more solar heat than trees and plants, cities become much hotter year-round compared to rural areas. But rooftop gardens provide much-needed green spaces that help fantastic cities down through daily evaporation – another critical benefit.
Installing fencing to provide privacy in a city garden is simple. Alternatively, try taking a more natural approach by planting tall evergreens around the edge or running vines up a trellis wall, as this will naturally add privacy and block views of nearby buildings or streets.
Urban garden prints provide the ideal way to bring nature indoors when there’s not enough outdoor space and make a wonderful present for anyone who appreciates gardening. There’s sure to be one in different sizes and styles that fits perfectly into any room in your home or as an excellent present!
Small Spaces with Greenery
Garden spaces of any size can still be filled with greenery and flowers. By incorporating vertical elements like trellises or hanging baskets of ‘Black Ripple’ colocasia into your design, vertical elements such as trellises can help create a lush area without taking up valuable floor space. You can then fill in the rest of your room with various sizes of plants, from small shrubs like the Early Bird crape myrtle to more giant vines like Taiga Clematis that climb the trellis for added romance!
Greenery-filled artwork can bring the outdoors in. Be it some eucalyptus hanging with macrame wall hangings or an arrangement made from pressed flowers and leaves, this addition brings color and life into any room.
Urban Garden Prints, founded by two Southern sisters with an affinity for botanicals, is an exciting success. Offering fine art giclee prints with themes drawn from nature – updating traditional subjects while providing new inspiration – this company allows anyone to incorporate this beautiful greenery into their home interiors easily. Visit their collection now and see how to bring these delightful blooms into your decor!
Horticulturists and garden designers who work in the field label plants to describe them in more detail – including their common name, scientific name, cultivar/trademark name, common family name, native distribution information, etc. This provides people with information they can use to recognize the plants they want to grow more quickly or understand how their appearance might differ when traveling elsewhere. This information also allows visitors to get familiar with them better in new settings where they’ve not previously seen them.
Taylor Moore and Marty Rickenbacker, two sisters who found creative fulfillment by pressuring flowers, plants, and seashells for home display, are now engaged in a business serving 49 states nationwide.
Their love of all things botanical combined with their aesthetic focus has allowed them to craft an extensive product line that has become essential parts of many homes. Their collection includes timeless hydrangeas that look lovely in any room in the house.
Urban Garden Dreams, now on view through March 2024 at the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum. Learn about it and view virtual tours here. We thank all the art teachers, students, and schools who shared their dreams for this exhibition!