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Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Blooms and Borders: How Daffodils Reveal Historic Building Foundations. By Sherry Teal, CHP Graduate Research Assistant Spring has sprung at the CHP!

Blooms and Borders: How Daffodils Reveal Historic Building Foundations

This is one of my favorite times of year for fieldwork. The mosquitoes and gnats are not out yet, and it is prime time to find historic foundations. Just before trees begin to unfurl their new leaves, the green stems of daffodils can be seen peeking out from under the leaf litter. We know blooms are not far behind! Sherry Teal conducting fieldwork in early March 2017 at Old Jefferson, Tennessee: Identifying linear bulb plantings that suggest front stoop and sidewalk. John Parkinson was the first person to bring a daffodil from Spain to England in the mid-sixteenth century, and his cultivators captured the attention of gardeners. Many daffodil cultivar books were printed in the late nineteenth century.

According to the American Daffodil Society, there are now more than 40 species of daffodils and more than 20,000 registered cultivars. Daffodil Party (1909). W. See Also: Sarah L. Like this: Like Loading... Backhouse specimens in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Botanics Stories. The Backhouse family is more widely known for their nursery based in the north of England.

Backhouse specimens in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Botanics Stories

However, several members of the family also collected herbarium specimens which are now held in herbaria in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne and Missouri. To date we have found and databased nearly 250 specimens in the RBGE Herbarium and these can be found on our online Herbarium Catalogue here. The-role-of-botanic-gardens-in-the-twenty-first-century. TNOC Encore: Exploring the Nature Pyramid - The Nature of Cities. (This encore publication originally appeared at TNOC on 7 August 2012.)

TNOC Encore: Exploring the Nature Pyramid - The Nature of Cities

I have long been a believer in E.O. Wilson's idea of biophilia; that we are hard-wired from evolution to need and want contact with nature. To have a healthy life, emotionally and physically, requires this contact. The empirical evidence of this is overwhelming: exposure to nature lowers our blood pressure, lowers stress and alters mood in positive ways, enhances cognitive functioning, and in many ways makes us happy. Exposure to nature is one of the key foundations of a meaningful life.

How much exposure to nature and outdoor natural environments is necessary, though, to ensure healthy child development and a healthy adult life? A powerful idea Here at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA USA), my colleague Tanya Denckla-Cobb has had a marvelous and indeed brilliant idea. Home - LibGuides at New York Botanical Garden. How botanic gardens can win hearts and minds. The Gardener Digs in Another Time. Gardens can be places of transformation and liberation.

The Gardener Digs in Another Time

This display reflects upon the use of the garden in visual culture as a vehicle for utopian thought and emblem for an ideal society. Perfecting the Garden: From the Rise of Agriculture to Genetic Modification. Today, commercial agriculture is a multi-trillion dollar global industry, while the global gardening industry, which has maintained an annual market growth of 3% since 2007, is predicted to be worth $220 billion globally by 2016.

Perfecting the Garden: From the Rise of Agriculture to Genetic Modification

Garden Stories: A Celebration of Gardening. Friday we celebrated the March equinox (and, incidentally, a total solar eclipse!)

Garden Stories: A Celebration of Gardening

, when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator heading northward. Antique Seed Catalogs and Heirloom Gardening. Heirloom vegetables have been passed down over generations, often being 50, 75 or 100 years in cultivation.

Antique Seed Catalogs and Heirloom Gardening

Heirloom gardeners use seed saving techniques or buy seeds from heirloom seed companies. You can explore various antique seed catalogs in the Biodiversity Heritage Library's collection here to see the types of seeds our ancestors used, some of which are now heirloom varieties if they have been carefully preserved over time to maintain the same genetic traits (as explained above). Aside from vegetables, people have also preserved flowers over time, creating heirloom varieties. Mail Order Gardens. With their luscious arrays of gardening dreams, seed catalogs have stoked our horticultural passions for generations.

Mail Order Gardens

Floral fantasies, giant vegetables and tiny trees can all be ours-just fill in an order blank, provide payment, send it off and wait for fulfillment to arrive in the mail. However, seed catalogs play a wider role than mere horticultural gratification. Mail Order Gardens. Garden Stories - an album on Flickr. Welcome to the Victory Horticultural Library - A Portal for Historical Research. Beatrix Farrand. College of Pharmacy. The University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts celebrated the grand opening of the new Pharmacy Courtyard and Heber W.

College of Pharmacy

Youngken Jr. Medicinal Plant Garden, a beautiful public and scientific space. At the new College of Pharmacy Courtyard and the Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Garden visitors will find plants that help prevent or cure everything from cold sores to cancer. The World's Oldest Botanical Gardens. Ever since most of us stopped being nomads and settling in cities and towns, civilizations have set aside green spaces dedicated to plants, flowers, and the general enjoyment of nature.

The World's Oldest Botanical Gardens

From the simple to the complex, gardens seem to embody the aesthetic tastes of the cultures that crafted them. In this rundown of botanical gardens around the world, we take a look at the oldest of these botanical gardens, and explore a bit of their unique histories. ORTO BOTANICO DI PADOVAPadova, Italy 16th-century illustration of the Orto Botanico di Padova (via Esculapio/Wikimedia)