THE NEW ORNAMENTALS SOCIETY
The NOS is a group of professional horticulturists, taxonomists, students, and landscape designers interested in the best and the newest ornamental landscape plants. The society’s online new ornamentals database does what only Internet-based encyclopedias can: offer the most current information about the best new plants around the world.
According to the NOS, the members-only database, called New Ornamentals Online, is one of the largest net-based plant encyclopedias in existence. It documents the descriptions, history, origins, landscape uses, nomenclature facts, literature citations, and nursery sources of thousands of new and rare plants. Plant names and online sources are offered free to the public on the New Plant Page, but the most extensive information is only accessible after you’ve paid your membership fees, which start at $35 a year for individuals.
The Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden at the Huntington
This latest addition to the Huntington opened to the public on June 19 and features a series of interactive, kinetic sculptures by artist Ned Kahn of Sebastopol, California. “This is meant to be a real garden for children, but one of such wonders as to really engage their senses,” says Jim Folsom, botanical director of the Huntington. “It’s meant to be a magical space—at a scale appropriate for young kids and with components that capture the imagination, creating lifelong memories.”
The garden is made up of nine separate areas, each designed to encourage children to experience the natural elements of earth, light, air, and water. Children can emerge from the Fog Grotto into a hedge labyrinth, or see rainbows created from a circle of mist before crawling through the Prism Tunnel or playing in the magnetic sand.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108. For more information about the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden, call 626-405-2100, or visit www.huntington.org.