Portland Oregon will be getting a new Federal building complete with exterior 250ft shade 'fins.' These fins are trellis's that will have some sort of plant material growing on them - planted at various heights - not just ground level. Although the rendering looks quite nice I am very curious to see how this will all pan out. This is a really great idea but planting in containers at various heights, facing west will be sure to create water and growth issues. I wonder what sort of plant material they are thinking...vines? evergreen? deciduous? Ground planting is the best solution for longevity - unless you are an epiphyte and that wouldn't work here. Seems everyone has a living wall or a vertical wall proposal but I'd be interested to see these ideas upon completion and then 6 months after when everything is dead.
I can't describe how awesome it sounds underneath a polar ice shelf so I highly recommend you spend some time listening to the live streaming mp3 so you can understand. The Alfred Wegener Institute has permanent microphones recording life and shifting sounds under an ice shelf in Antarctica. If you browse their website you can also find some interesting photo's of new life forms (like the spider-thing below guarding its eggs) and video. This might be the coolest thing on the internet.
I never did the research on other seed companies because I've had some psychological/ brand recognition attachment to Burpee Seeds. But with any product I think it's good to shop the market and Leslie Land (with the help of the Council for Responsible Genetics seeds list) put together a nice mix of companies and what they offer. Take a look, it's seed time.