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Stories of Gardenia

The intoxicating spicy scent of the gardenia flower will be forever synonymous with the word unique. This delicate, swirling, wax like flower is native to China and has been cultivated for more than 1,000 years. 2,277 more words

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What's in a name?

There was a time when plant names were long-winded descriptions of a plant’s most notable features or vernacular monikers which might have only been recognized in a small geographic area. 1,457 more words



is the naming and classifying or grouping of organisms. It was a system devised by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and is still used to this day. He devised the two part system where every living thing had two Latin names with the genus first and then the species. 107 more words

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Oh, wow, drat and other words of dismay. I haven’t thought of a topic for this week and it is time to write my post. Time to get started. 1,217 more words


Why bother with botanical Latin?

The Marylebone Gardener ponders…

Like many gardeners I am frequently irritated and bamboozled by plants’ botanical Latin names. Often difficult to pronounce and a nightmare for those of us with poor spelling skills, eg: Zygopyllum prismatothecum… Why are we stuck with botanical Latin? 472 more words


Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden: Helsinki

I have just returned from a trip to Finland and Estonia. While traveling I received notification that Landscape Notes was awarded the prestigious 2014 Silver Media Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for best overall site. 1,125 more words

Landscape History

Australian Orchids and the Doctors they Commemorate Part 1 of 20

Back in 2013, Professor John H Pearn, Emeritus, School of Medicine, University of Queensland wrote a five page article about medical doctors who were Australian orchidologists.   386 more words