5 Fab Garden Instagramers

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Raindrops on a sweet spring leaf. Photo credit: @travelinggreen on Instagram.

“The glory of gardening: hands in dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Spring and summer are the seasons when gardens and gardeners really come to life.

If you’re a garden lover, who visits and admires gardens or grows your own garden, you’ll find much beautiful #gardening inspiration on Instagram.

One of our favorite garden Instagram accounts is The Royal Horticultural Society, the UK garden charity “dedicated to sharing the best in gardening.” Another favorite is Urban Gardeners Republic which is a community of creative gardeners “capturing their passion through smart pictures.”

In our ongoing Fab Instagramers series, here are 5 Fab Garden Instagramers:

  1. @THE_RHS
  2. @mountstreetgardens
  3. @kewgardensphotos
  4. @urbangardenersrep
  5. @dewitgardentools

Cool Upcycled Billboard Bags

TGRareform1 Cool Upcycled Billboard BagsClassic Backpack by RAREFORM. Photo credit: RAREFORM

 

Where travel, design and upcycling meet, you’ll find one-of-a-kind cool travel gear by RAREFORM.

The outdoor brand creates bags and accessories from upcycling billboards and “aim(s) to reduce waste in the world and sustain our playground – the mountains, rivers and oceans that all outdoor enthusiasts cherish.”

Made locally in California, the RAREFORM products range from surf bags, paddle bags, totes and backpacks to laptop and cell phone cases. These light, durable, waterproof designs are available in warm, cool, dark, light and mixed colors.

RAREFORM bags and accessories are sold in outdoor retailers including stores such as Patagonia and REI. The company has joined Patagonia in donating 1% of sales to support the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.

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Classic Tote by RAREFORM. Photo credit: RAREFORM.

While on a six-month surfing trip through South America, RAREFORM founder Alec Avedissian came up with the billboards-to-bags idea after noticing locals in El Salvador using old billboards to protect their homes from wet weather and the effect of mildew.

In September 2012, Avedissian, who formerly worked in investment baking and renewable energy, launched Rareform to “reflect his passion for the environment and the outdoors.” TGRareform3 Cool Upcycled Billboard Bags

Weekender Duffle by RAREFORM. Photo credit: RAREFORM.

“The process itself starts when we intercept these billboards before they reach the landfill. We then wash, cut and sew each bag meticulously right here in California,” explains Avedissian.

No two billboards are alike, no two products that we have coming out are like the one before it.”

5 Travel Spring Quotes

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Spring can be a lovely time to travel.

While we’re traveling and savoring the first sights, sounds and scents of spring, we thought we would share some of our favorite spring quotes:

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”Rainer Maria Rilke

“Oh, sweet cherry tree-
how lovely your blossoms are.
Spring brings joy to life.”

― AK White

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” - Mark Twain

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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A London Parking App

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ParkAround app for iPhone. Photo credit: ParkAround.

Are you driving in London and getting tired of searching for a parking space?  Then you might fancy using the new free London ParkAround app.

The travel app enables users to find parking spaces in London by searching and reserving parking spots across the city. Designed to save them time and money, the app also has potential environmental benefits such as reducing traffic congestion and lowering gas usage.

Compatible with iPhone and Android, the London ParkAround app promises users can locate available parking spots across London and reserve them in less than 10 seconds. When users reserve a parking spot on the app, they are offered discounts of up to 80% on their parking spot.

The list of London areas covered by the ParkAround app includes Holborn, Old Street, Waterloo, Barbican, Angel, Marylebone, Paddington, Marble Arch, South Kensington, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Rd and Swiss Cottage.

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ParkAround app for iPhone. Photo credit: ParkAround.

On the London ParkAround app, users set their destination, enter the expected parking time and then browse the list of available parking spaces. The app will give them an exact cost of how much they can expect to pay, an overview of the parking facilities and driving directions to the reserved parking spot.

“Whether you’re a local or a visitor, ParkAround is designed to reduce stress and leave motorists free with more time to enjoy the capital,” says John Katsiotis, CEO of ParkAround. “We aim to make city driving more efficient by matching empty spots with drivers and in this way, making it more sustainable.”

Seeing Hawaii By Bike

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Pedal Hawaii. Photo credit: Pedal Bike Tours.

Fancy seeing Hawaii by bike?  Then think about taking a spin with Pedal Hawaii and its bike rentals and tours of Honolulu and the North Shore.

Portland, Oregon-based company Pedal Bike Tours has opened Pedal Hawaii in Waikiki which offers bike rentals by the hour, day and week and tours designed for novice riders.

On the ground level of Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki, Pedal Hawaii is situated near Diamond Head, the beach, car-free bike paths and miles of bike lanes.

“We’re an ideal jumping off point for visitors who want to pedal around the city, or for those who are going car-free, but still want to explore the island,” says Todd Roll, founder of Pedal Bike Tours. “Exploring the city by bike is a fun, easy and safe way to experience local sites and culture.”

So far, Pedal Hawaii features two family-friendly tours on Oahu: Hidden Honolulu and Explore The North Shore. Local experts guide the tours which take guests off-the-beaten track for an insider’s perspective of the island. Each tours is available both in English and Japanese.

On the Hidden Honolulu tour, riders go on a 3-hour downtown tour of the city sites including Ala Moana Beach Path; Royal Iolani Palace; Chinatown; “Point Panic” Surf Spot; Mission Houses & Oahu’s 1st Church and Murals of Urban Kaka’ako.

While the Explore The North Shore features a full-day “local-style” island adventure on the North Shore with a tropical bike ride and beach time and include The Pali Overlook; Koolau Mountains; Sunset Beach’s Jungle Bike Path; Waimea Bay; Turtle Beach and Haleiwa Surf Town.

Find out more at pedalbiketours.com.