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Botanists battle 'plant blindness' with seeds of knowledge via philly.com

Botanists battle ‘plant blindness’ with seeds of knowledge

via The Inquirer, Philadelphia
By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer

Posted: September 13, 2014

Since she began teaching at Rutgers 13 years ago, botany professor Lena Struwe has seen growing student interest in learning about plants. 1,020 more words

herb drying

HERB DRYING! THE SMELLS! I managed to sneak some time to snip the herbs from the garden today. The evenings are getting pretty chilly. September is flying by!  680 more words



In principio erat Planta.  Yes, this story must begin with the image of two little twigs that belong to the collections of the Harvard Herbaria.  Almost two weeks ago, in one of my customary bouts of sleep procrastination, I was surfing the web when…  Actually, the story really begins the previous week-end, as Jim and I watched television.   639 more words


More seedy thoughts and photographic art

Some follow up photos and thoughts on  waking up the seeds at Wakehurst Place, the  Royal Botanical Millenium Seed Bank. Many of the seeds conserved so far have been UK indigenous and endangered. 292 more words


Summer Blooming Flowers 9-15-2014

Good day! Happy Monday to you all.

Click HERE to see what was blooming last year.

I know this, however I’m flustered.

Sycamore bark

Strike 2. 15 more words

Phenology - Zone 5A

A Fabulous Cross-Generic Hybrid

Last week we had an amusing episode relating to a particularly interesting plant down the street from me. My friend/compadre/mentor Charmain Giuliani, who teaches Plant ID (among other subjects) in the… 1,746 more words