These images come from the fabled manuscript, 'Liber Floridus' (Book of Flowers), a Medieval encyclopædia produced some 900 years ago by Lambert, Canon of St Omer, in the NE France/Flanders/Belgium region.
The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor the best of the best in children's garden fiction. These Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS represent the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS.
Current Books on Gardening & Botany is an Internet-only journal reviewing new books and other media about gardening, horticulture, and botany. Reviews cover a wide range of new literature in print and digital form and are written primarily by the staff of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
It may not look exciting at first glance, but this is an absolute treasure trove of garden book reviews from a trustworthy source.
"Tucked away in the southwest corner of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Aframomum melegueta is a rather unassuming plant. Most visitors are distracted by the showier bananas and papayas growing nearby, but this member of the ginger family has a story that may outshine its subtle appearance."
When I was the editor of House & Garden, I was often asked what every gardener should have on her shelves. Contrary to popular belief, gardeners are bookish sorts — all those fallow winters, you know. It just so happens that this holiday season, publishers are offering a whole library’s worth of collectibles.
Reposted from Permaculture Media! This fabulous blogger has compiled an exhaustive list of books on various permaculture and homesteading topics. And of course, you’ll find tons of Chelsea Green titles amongst them.
"The next time you decide to take a stroll through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, don’t forget your smart phones – not only to snap away pictures but also to scan! Technology is making an appearance is some of the least expected places and with the latest functionality of QR codes – short for Quick Response – information can be retrieved quicker than ever before, almost anywhere. Close to 30 QR codes are now implemented throughout the garden. These codes are small box-shaped barcodes read by smartphone cameras through several third-party applications. The codes are placed by plants and allow cameras to scan, code and redirect users to a website, unique to each QR code, published with relevant information about the subject."
I'm very eager to read this book, having been familiar with some of the movements involved, particularly the feminist back to the land movements of the '70s. Unfortunately the cover art choice by the publisher will (I believe) do serious damage to the sales and readership of the book. I'm sure the intention of the artist was to imply the burial of arms, but the inclusion of a gun on a cover with a title including the words radical and rebellion will imply an association with violence to most people. Since this is far from the truth, with many of these "radicals" being involved in radical pacifist movement, the cover does the book a great disservice.
"The notion that politics only takes place in the voting booth or halls of state basically evaporated in the 1960s. We now know that political acts occur in a range of settings: in our neighborhoods, bedrooms, kitchens, and, yes, even in our gardens."
"The mission of the Children's Garden, created in 2007, is to delight children and nurture their sense of wonder in nature. This beautiful place for fun, exploration and learning includes six raised beds where youth groups grow vegetables, plus a sensory herb garden, a garden full of plants with animal names, a fairy garden, and a butterfly garden planted by the Penn State Master Gardeners.
The Children's Garden is a grass-roots, 100 percent volunteer effort and is a partnership of the Centre County Library, the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County and the Bellefonte Garden Club..."
Collaborative effort of local people and organizations. Collaborative seasonal events. Master Gardeners and children working together. Story time in the garden. Now this is how to grow a library garden.
"The Index contains entries dealing with various aspects of extant and fossil American plants and fungi, including systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany (publications dealing with botanists, herbaria, etc.). "
"Ever wondered how BHL decides what to scan? There are a variety of avenues that staff use to select titles for digitization, including scan requests submitted by users, BHL member publications and subject strengths, botany and zoology priority titles, in-copyright titles for which BHL has received permission to scan, and titles identified by BHL staff members as important biodiversity works."
"Why should libraries have gardens? As public libraries in particular are tasked with finding collaborative partners for their services and need to expand their mission to incorporate more "library as place" social planning, gardens are becoming more prevalent in the library landscape. Issues such as sustainability, education, outreach and welcoming the community are all directly addressed by gardens at libraries."
So many phlox, so little space. It's good that many are small.
"It could be argued that the genus Phlox is more commonly grown in gardens than almost any other group of ornamentals in horticulture. Spring is the season of creeping phloxes, and they are followed in June, July and August with throngs of giant phlox that are so fragrant on warm summer evenings. America is carpeted with various phloxes, especially the American West where they can be very confusing. Fortunately, a magnificently illustrated new book on the genus was published this past year by Timber Press, written by James Locklear, one of the West’s leading field botanist."
Subtext from Subtext Video on Vimeo. When my publisher asked me if I'd like to participate in the launch of a new interactive ebook platform, I jumped at the chance. It's an interesting time for digital books, to say the...
email from Gregory Long at the New York Botanical Garden:
"We need your help to restore our National Historic Landmark landscape Dear Friends: The unexpected snowstorm on Saturday hit NYBG hard. The combined force of snow and high winds struck trees in full leaf across the Garden’s landscape, tearing limbs from large trees and crushing smaller specimens. Our initial assessment shows that thousands of trees have sustained some degree of damage...."
"RICHMOND, VA -- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Washington, D.C., has selected Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of only ten libraries and museums to receive the 2011 National Medal.
Each year, the federal IMLS, in coordination with the White House, awards the national medal to five libraries and five museums that have helped make their communities better places to live. This is the first time a Virginia museum has been awarded.
Additionally, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden joins an elite group as only two other botanical gardens in the country have received the honor: Chicago Botanic Garden (2005) and New York Botanical Garden (2010)."
On further study, while this garden itself is very cool, and the whole concept of linking gardens with public libraries is wonderful, the organization that I linked to appears to be merely in the business of selling rather expensive generalized landscape plans over the internet. Arrange with a local garden designer who will take into account your specific regional situation. Check with the county Cooperative Extension Service office and Master Gardeners. They often love projects like this. Sorry about the poor quality link earlier. BAH.
The voyage of HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) was the first devoted exclusively to scientific discovery. This site presents most of the botanical drawings and engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before his untimely death at sea, and by other artists back in England working from Parkinson's initial sketches.
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