Nature’s Inspiration Identified

Using Apps to Identify that Mysterious Plant!

If you’re like us, you draw a lot of inspiration from nature.  You may just be inspired by how relaxing a walk in the park may be.  You may use organic shapes in your work, or you may just really love flowers and trees.   Whether you have a green thumb or not, I’m sure a majority of you appreciate the beautiful shapes and colors of growing things in nature.


Have you ever been wandering through a park, or down a trail, through a garden or even admiring someone’s landscaping and wondered, “What kind of plant is that?!!”


There’s an app for everything it seems, and I’m surprised I didn’t think to look for it before!  Now there’s all sorts of electronic field guides such as Leafsnap, NatureGate, and iPflanzen exist to help us identify plants. Take a plant’s photo with Google Goggles, or take a picture of a tree’s leaf against a white background—and submit it instantly for analysis. Or click through a list of characteristics (leaf shape, flower color, plant’s height) to make the identification.  We’re also big fans of LikeThat Garden you can simply hold up your device and snap a picture to learn more about what’s in front of you, via high resolution photos and detailed species name and descriptions, coupled with helpful information.

And the addition of similar looking flowers and plants makes this app a dream for Gardeners, Educators, Travelers, Landscape Architects, Hikers, and anyone that loves to draw inspiration from the great outdoors!

Have fun discovering what’s around you, then incorporate it into your future designs.  The possibilities are limitless!

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