Carlow Garden Festival – Gardens, Plants and Meeting Idols

Originally posted on BeyondtheWildGarden:

Last weekend was one that was full of garden visits, great plants and meeting some of my gardening idols. All of this came thanks to the Carlow Garden Festival. The ten day festival sees some of the many gardens Carlow has to offer, hold special events and tours for the gardening public. I managed to get to a couple of the events and garden visits over the weekend with Paul Smyth, who you may know from his guest blog posts here on Beyond The Wild Garden.

The first event I went to was the launch of the festival, which saw the lovely Carol Klein give a talk about her cottage garden in England. I was in heaven with this talk becuase I love Carol! She is such a great plantsperson and I have loved watching her tv shows over the years. Not to mention flicking through her books that I have.

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Her talk…

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Originally posted on Gardening in Greenwood:

July is a wonderful time for ferns. You’d think the hot weather would dry them up, and it’s true that you have to keep them well watered. But if you do you’re rewarded with some amazing growth and beautiful lacy foliage that offers a different kind of garden. It’s so soft and easy on the eyes and touch. I love to just wander around and look at them and feel their gentle foliage now. They’re so big and full, especially the deciduous ones, of which I only have a few at this point. I’ve decided to go for mostly evergreen ones because I get to enjoy their foliage all year round.

First up here in this tour is a Japanese Tassel Fern, or Polystichum polyblepharum. It’s one I just planted last year and it’s tripled or more in size since then. It seems to like its new home a lot…

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Zuni Youth Enrichment Program

Originally posted on From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement:

ZYEPsealThe Zuni Youth Enrichment Program (ZYEP) began in part when Dr. Faber, a pediatrician who came to Zuni from Boston, would ask his young patients what they were doing for the summer, and the response was most often “nothing.” Over the past six years ZYEP has developed a series of programs, with the goal of promoting “the development of healthy lifestyles and self-esteem among Zuni kids by providing them with opportunities to participate in empowering and enriching activities that will encourage them to grow into strong and healthy adults who are connected with Zuni traditions.” On the hot and windy day we arrived in Zuni, youth were busy with games on the playground, and watering the small plants in the raised bed gardens.

Entrance to Zuni. Photo by Elizabeth Hoover

Entrance to Zuni. Photo by Elizabeth Hoover

Zuni Pueblo is home to about 10,000 people and is located about 35 miles south of Gallup NM. The reservation…

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Celery Harvesting and Tasting

Originally posted on What's Natalie Doing?:

CeleryThis was a busy, busy morning in the garden. The young gardeners pulled weeds, trimmed the herbs, moved mulch, harvested green beans and then trimmed the plants for the experiment. See previous post for more on the experiment.

They also tied tomatoes to the support stakes, removed spent flowers from a plot and collected Batchelor’s Button seeds for next year’s flowers.

But that’s not all!

Every group harvested celery. It wasn’t easy to pull from the ground but all ages showed teamwork and strength and got the plants out, shook off the soil and placed them in a wire basket.  Next, we trimmed off the roots, washed the stalks and ate them with a yogurt based ranch dressing.

Almost everyone agreed that this was good tasting celery. It couldn’t have been any fresher and it certainly had better flavor than the pale stalks we buy at the supermarket.  Even gardeners who thought they didn’t like…

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Travel Diaries – Weston Park, Sheffield

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I like parks. They’re a great place for a nice stroll, to kick back and chill or just people watch. While Malaysia has a number of nice parks, I still miss the parks in Sheffield. It’s not known as the ‘Greenest City in the World‘ for nothing. :D Apart from gorgeous natural attractions like the Peak District, Sheffield has a large number of very well-maintained parks, which come alive with blooms in the summer.


Located just across the road from the University of Sheffield, Weston Park is one of the major landmarks in the city and greets visitors with a lush, green landscape of trees and beautiful flowers. It’s way too far to be walking here from our hostel, so my friend and I took a bus from West Street, which would drop us off at the park.


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July 29 – Auto-trophy Room

Originally posted on Little facts about science:

Today’s factismal: Autotrophs don’t drool.

If you’ve seen “The Big Bang Theory”, odds are that you’ve heard the catchy little song that goes before it. But what you may not have caught is the fact that there are several errors in the song. The most notable of these is the line “the autotrophs began to drool”. The problem with it is that autotrophs don’t drool.

“Hold on, Bucky!” I hear you cry; “how can you know that?” I’m glad you asked. It all has to do with the special word autotroph (geek Greek for “self feeder”). Autotrophs are critters that don’t rely on other critters for their food; instead, they rely on light (phototrophs, like plants) or chemicals (chemotrophs, like the rust-eating bacteria on the Titanic). Because autotrophs don’t need to eat other critters, they don’t really have mouths. And without mouths, there is no drool. (They may have…

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid link grass species.

Originally posted on Glueping:


The show of relationship between different species varies according to minutes and easily overlooked on all kind, Dr. Neil Snow was one botanist at University State “he posted in one paper on January”, that included observations of some odd-shaped hairs on three species of grass native to Africa. Their odd shape stems from distinctly swollen tips that are then pinched into a small party hat structure at the very apex.

“A tongue twisting technical term for that shape is ‘clavicor niculate’, but “club shaped” is a workable simplification we often prefer,” remarked Snow. In Two thousand eleven Drs. Paul Peterson and Konstatin Romasc hencko, working at the Smithsonian Institution, used DNA-Deoxyribonucleic Acid sequences to determine that the 3 African species are related to an American species that lacks the odd-shaped hairs.

“Nobody previously anticipated a close relationship between the African and American species, particularly since the American species lacks the…

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