Monthly Archives: November 2011

DEFINITION OF A BOTANIC GARDEN


The following is a list of criteria that may be met in part or whole by any institution that is considered to be a botanic garden:

  • A reasonable degree of permanence
  • An underlying scientific basis for the collections
  • Proper documentation of the collections, including 
  • wild origin
  • Monitoring of the plants in the collections
  • Adequate labelling of the plants
  • Open to the public
  • Communication of information to other gardens, institutions and the public
  • Exchange of seed or other materials with other botanic gardens, arboreta or research institutions
  • Undertaking of scientific or technical research on plants in the collections
  • Maintanence of research programs in plant taxonomy in associated herbari
  • .from:http://www.bgci.org/resources/1528/
  • : a garden often with greenhouses for the culture, study, and exhibition of special plants —called also bo*tan*ic garden,

    from:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botanical+garden?show=0&t=1320958441

    Botanic garden may refer to

     -Botanical garden, a formal garden, often containing interesting rare and          unusual plants and planting arrangements, open to the public

    Botanic Garden (BMT Franklin Avenue Shuttle station), a subway station on the Franklin Avenue Shuttle of the New York City Subway system serving the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    The Botanic Garden, a book published by Erasmus Darwin\

    from::http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/Botanic%20Garden

    •  The following definition was produced by staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium of Cornell University in 1976. It covers in some detail the many functions and activities generally associated with botanical gardens:[1]

      A botanical garden is a controlled and staffed institution for the maintenance of a living collection of plants under scientific management for purposes of education and research, together with such libraries, herbaria, laboratories, and museums as are essential to its particular undertakings. Each botanical garden naturally develops its own special fields of interests depending on its personnel, location, extent, available funds, and the terms of its charter. It may include greenhouses, test grounds, an herbarium, an arboretum, and other departments. It maintains a scientific as well as a plant-growing staff, and publication is one of its major modes of expression.

      from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botanical_garden

Mespilus germanica-medlar

 

source; http://florence.dautry.free.fr     

 

 

When asked to bring some exotic fruit to school I gave my son a handful of medlars and it turned out that for all kids in the class this was the most exotic fruit, none of them knew it.Which is actually a paradoxe as medlars (the same name for tree and fruit) were, after first being cultivated in mideast 3000 years ago,spread to whole Europe. The Romans gave it the incorrect name-Mespilus germanica, altrought it was grown in Germany as well.

In middle ages medlar was extremely popular in Europe , for it is picked in late autumn and can be eaten far in winter time,after the “bletting”of the fruit.In times without fridges and supermarkets with exotic fruits this was obwious advantage.

Later its popularity fade away  but there are several reasons why it would be a shame to let it grow only in botanical gardens. Medlar is a tree with smelling white blossoms, nice dark green leaves and of course-ecquisite aroma of medlar, wonderfully accompanying even the best wines or being transformed into classy deserts if not eaten fresh.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

first garden volunteers started with their work

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I am happy indeed, for garden volunteers started to work! It is clear that there will be still a lot of work motivating people to come, but the first ones have already come to the second informational meeting.Among them were even some who have already begun to help in the garden!

It is interesting to hear what their motivation for volunteering in the garden was.They mostly put the desire to help others and community as high as their need to learn more, as they mostly are passionate nature lovers already.Wish to meet other people or to work outdoors and have some recreation was also accentuated.

This group of volunteers is  not big, but it is very important-they actually are the very first senior garden volunteers in our city’s botanical garden ever!

P.s.:on the picture is :

cotoneaster(co¦to|neas¦ter)

Pronunciation:/kəˌtəʊnɪˈastə/

noun

    • a small-leaved shrub of the rose family, cultivated as a hedging plant or for its bright red berries which often remain on the plant throughout the winter.

Genus Cotoneaster, family Rosacea

Origin:

mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin cotoneum  (see quince)  + -aster

from :  http://oxforddictionaries.com/