"Paddestoel. Krötenschwamm. Fliegenpilz. Krötenstuhl. Mousseron. Frogge Stole. Paddocstol. Toadstool. What do all of these words have in common? They are all various names that have been applied to mushrooms over the centuries. Today, we're celebrating these curious, tasty, and sometimes deadly organisms with our book of the week, Nouvel Atlas de Poche des Champignons Comestibles et Vénéneux, (1911-12), v. 1. Fungi never looked as good as it does in the illustrations in this little gem...except, of course, perhaps between two pieces of bread at dinner last night..."
For more than two years she traveled on a French naval vessel with linen bandages wrapped tightly around her upper body to flatten her chest. It was a small ship with 300 men who knew her as Jean. But she wasn't Jean.
"The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones."
Propagation Manual for Woody Plants by JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University: The purpose of this manual is to disseminate some of the information we have developed over the years on the propagation of our collection of woody plants.
Featured Book of the Month: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
"Anansi the Spider is walking through the forest when a strange moss-covered rock catches his eye. When Anansi discovers that the rock has special powers, he uses it to trick all the other animals. However, Little Bush Deer will not be fooled and decides Anansi needs to learn a lesson."
Following is a list of more books for children on plants and magic.
"In my opinion, the art of the garden is at least as significant a component of socio-cultural identity and development as any art form; yet the garden continues to be overshadowed by more traditional art forms.
It is, therefore, always encouraging to see historic gardens receiving the recognition they deserve. It may be ‘olds’ rather than ‘news’ but for those (who like me) missed the announcement in June 2011, UNESCO has added the generic Persian Garden to its World Heritage List."
"The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert and Cheryl-Moore Gough (Storey, 2011) not only gives detailed information on seed saving and propagation, but also a plant-by-plant guide to germinating seeds successfully...."
While some schoolchildren daydream about crushes during class, delicately inscribing their names in paper margins, others instead yearn to one day discover and name their own species for the cute boy at the corner desk. But they know little about the excess work involved in plant discovery. Even after discovering and confirming a new species of plant, which is trying enough itself, botanists have to submit a description in Latin — even if they had never studied the language before — and ensure that said description is published in a journal printed on real paper.
There's more to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens than 45 acres of cultivated plants. As part of its mission to educate about plants, gardens and the environment, the BBG boasts the largest public horticultural library in the United States. Librarian Hope Long calls her territory “a hidden treasure.”
"SCIENCE is a subject for the inquisitive. It is an exploration of all avenues of human intrigue, seeking answers by experimentation to every question, from the silly, through the mundane to the mind-bending. From ‘why is the sky blue’ to ‘which crabs are the fightiest’ through, of course, to the applied sciences, looking for solutions to disease and issues that affect us and our planet, science seeks truth in the most fascinating of questions and challenges. We are enriched by the knowledge it unveils.
To achieve this, science as a subject needs a vast base of specialists working on a wide range of models. But, of course, times are tight, funds are spread thin, and inevitably science is taking a hit. Specialists are disappearing, unable to justify funding for their work from research councils, who are, in turn, under pressure to prioritise work with human applications. The diversity of projects is diminishing and the range of organisms being observed is narrowing. Our knowledge base, consequently, is taking a hit.
Recently, the University of Birmingham announced plans to close its teaching programmes in Biological Recording, ..."
"...Egyptians, who dwelt in hot, arid and windy locations, designed gardens as an escape. Walled in to keep the elements out, a cool, shaded, well-watered space filled with garden kiosks, scented flowers, fruit laden trees and vine-clad pergolas."
"Learn all about BHL and EOL with your chance to ask questions of staff, engage in lively conversations, and view live demos of the sites and affiliated content. Plus, we'll be handing out great free stuff! Don't miss it!"
The Museum looks after a unique collection of around 10,000 objects, amassed over the last three decades and continuing to grow. Items spanning 400 years of gardening in Britain, from tools to artists’ impressions, each represent the history, culture and design of gardens in some way. Grand country house gardens and small back yards are all represented; rare and precious things have been collected alongside the most familiar and everyday ephemera. The collection paints a broad and revealing picture of the changing ideas, technologies and passions of the British garden.
More photos of this beautiful exhibit are on the website.
"This was on display during our recent Central South Native Plant Conference and illustrated the history of plant collecting. Some of the items displayed included: some rare early florae (books listing all the plants in a given area), press boards (used to press and dry specimens), vascular (tin containers in which to carry live specimens), old herbarium voucher specimens (pressed dried plants kept long-term), and a old lithograph of Karl Linnaeus – “the father of modern taxonomy.” Jason even included a modern microscope through which visitors could examine some of the old pressed specimens."
If only I was closer to Cincinatti. Anything with hot peppers appeals! Take some time to check out the online exhibits on the website.
"Turning Up the Heat this Winter: Peppers in Image and Word
January 14 - April 13, 2012
Get ready to feel the heat this winter at the Lloyd Library and Museum. Our latest exhibit, featuring both books and artistic renderings of the chili pepper, explores the world of Capsicum annuum, better known to most as the red, or chili, pepper."