The community often asks us about how to add a little green while living in a small urban spaces. We’re here to tell you it’s possible. In search for a little inspiration, we asked blogger and urban design expert, Robin Horton to help us jump start some ideas and also co-host our next Twitter #Pinspiration chat.
This week’s theme is all about urban garden design and we want to hear what you’re growing and designing in your urban environments. Tweet us your garden design #Pinspiration to @Pinterest and @urbangardens this Friday, March 28th, between 9am-10am PST.
Want to discover more urban garden inspiration? Robin, our Pincierge, will send you Just add the hashtag #Pinspiration to your tweet and ask away. Here’s a few topics to indulge your green thumb and create an urban garden oasis: vertical gardens to put in small spaces, concrete furniture for your terrance, veggie gardens that’ll grow on a window sill and more!
We sat down with Robin to hear more about how she got into urban gardening:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started your website, Urban Gardens?
I was born in Tokyo, started kindergarten in Puerto Rico, grew up in Los Angeles beside the Pacific Ocean (no, I did not surf) and have lived for various periods of time in Berkeley, Paris, Boston, and New York. I conceived of Urban Gardens as a print publication. After I presented the concept to a well-known creative director who’d launched a number of successful magazines, he asked, “who would want to read that?” Urban Gardens went into storage for a number of years, then in 2009, I resurfaced it as a blog. Every product, trend, and story I uncover on Urban Gardens is filtered through my unique and experienced designer lens.
What are the most recent garden designs and trends that have caught your eye?
I am obsessed with concrete. Concrete is the modern urban gardener’s muse. Architects and designers alike are drawn to concrete for its simplicity and range of textures. Indoor-outdoor concrete design options are endless. The material looks great raw, enriched with color, standing alone or in combination with other materials. Concrete furniture and accessories bring an urban sensibility to any indoor or outdoor room.
One trend that has been “growing” consistently is vertical gardens. Vertical gardens are an excellent way to grow herbs, succulents, flowers or other edibles in limited spaces. There are many DIY vertical gardens ideas from which to choose, including hanging shoe bags and recycled pallets (I would not recommend pallets for growing edibles as the wood might leach toxins.) Vertical gardens in commercial settings can be lush and impressive, bringing life and the fragrance of nature into any environment, even a corporate office or school where the gardens can serve as an educational tool as well. As they work in their many forms indoors and out, it is yet another way to blend and merge the interior with exterior.
How do you use Pinterest during your day-to-day? Got any quick and easy design tips to share?
Pinterest is a visual tool and as so works so well for sharing ideas, inspiration, and just about anything related to design. People respond emotionally to images, something I hear echoed over and over when readers and followers express what they love about Urban Gardens—and this is certainly one element that drives Pinterest too. Urban Gardens is very visually-centric so sharing from the blog is a no-brainer. I use Pinterest to browse trends, find sources, meet other bloggers, find products, develop relationships with brands and designers, and to just find cool things to share.
Thanks for the advice, Robin! Don’t forget to join us on Twitter this Friday and share your design #Pinspiration with her and the Pinterest team. Also, be sure to check out her website and Pinterest boards for more urban garden design inspiration!
See you Friday!
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