Field Notes: Opinion – ‘Natural’ Does Not Equal Eco-Friendly

So you've done your research, read all the ingredients - everything is USDA organic, GMO free, and plant based in your diet, beauty routine, cleaning closet - whatever. Your life style is totally green, right? Not exactly. Yes - it's true that in general your environmental impact is somewhat reduced by purchasing products that are [...]

Field Notes: New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Orchid Show

Every year the New York Botanical Garden plays host to a gallery of enchanting epiphytes and other flowering tropical flora. As spring approaches a trip to the Orchid show there is just what the doctor ordered to help you wait out the last months of winter. Below are a few pictures I snapped on my [...]

Field Notes – Natural Oils 101

Oils are used in many beauty products from facial moisturizers to botanical perfumes and body scrubs - but they're not all created equal. When it comes to crafting your own beauty products, it's helpful to have a basic understanding of different oils, and what they're used for. Essential oils in your beauty products actually necessitate [...]

Field Notes: Wild Bird Fund – Helping the Injured Birds of NYC

While many birds survive and thrive in the city, it's full of man-made hazards evolution didn't prepare them for - and when they get hurt, if they're lucky this is where the wind up. New York City finds itself in the potential migration path of many species of bird - and so birds that do [...]

Field Notes: Herbs for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is here - and if you're spending as much time in proximity to other people in their germs as most people in city do you need all the help you can get. Here is a brief list of some plant allies to help you and your immune system get through this [...]

Field Notes: Sky Garden in London

If you're a plant lover and you're ever in London, this stunning indoor garden with a gorgeous view of the city should be on your itinerary. Urban spaces seem to almost invariable necessitate man-made green spaces to provide respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. While I've been to quite a few indoor [...]