Wake Up call at Wakehurst Place. Home of the Kew Gardens Millennium seed bank.

Originally posted on NavasolaNature:

IMG_2536.JPGWakehurst Place is a large estate with a diverse range of trees from different areas of the globe. It is the country home of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and there is the space for not only many trees but different botanical areas and the Millennium Seed Bank. Our visit in August gave us a glimpse of many of  the flowering plants showing off the glory of their seeds in the garden areas. This seemed quite fitting as housed  deep under some long glass barn shaped buildings is the Millennium Seed collection. This is part of the conservation work of Kew Gardens and  involves collecting as many of the rare and endangered plant seeds and preserving those that can be kept at very cold temperatures. The aim is to protect the biodiversity of plant life as habitats come more under threat. It will also ensure future research into the…

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From the mouths of Volunteers

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I’d love to join you!

Originally posted on The official blog for the North York Moors National Park:

Clair Shields – Monument Management Scheme Volunteer Coordinator

So many of our blog posts are about what we the professional staff get up to – that with this in mind this post has been written to share the experiences enjoyed by some of our Volunteers, and to elucidate the satisfaction they get out of their efforts.

We’ve mentioned in previous posts about the Monument Management Scheme and the great work that the Historic Environment Volunteers are doing. Volunteers give their time, energy and skills to help the National Park Authority conserve the special qualities of the National Park; in the case of the Historic Environment Volunteers, they’re concentrating particularly on our Scheduled Monuments.

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Shelagh has been given three Scheduled Monuments which are known to house badger setts, and regularly monitors badger activity to help inform future management of the monuments. 

For me, as a volunteer surveyor for the…

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old botanic garden Zurich

Originally posted on familial entropy:

Lots to do this weekend! No, nothing special, just a lot of laundry, baking, cleaning and relaxing, so there’s not much time to write. Therefore, I’ll just post a few pictures from yesterday. We went to the Old Botanic Garden in Zurich and afterwards visited friends for coffee and cake. The Old Botanic Garden belongs to the university and is situated in the centre of the city, yet I don’t think many tourists visit it. It’s relatively small compared to other Botanic Gardens but has some beautiful old trees and is an indispensable oasis for people who are crazy enough to spend a weekend day in the centre of Zurich. The traffic noise almost disappears and so do all the endless crowds of people.

Have a nice Sunday everyone!!

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Wellington Botanic Garden

Originally posted on Exploring my own backyard:

The Wellington Botanic Garden is 25 hectares of protected native forest, exotic trees, themed collections of plants and outdoor sculptures, located only minutes from downtown Wellington.

Wellington Botanic Garden

Wellington Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden has a rich history. Back in 1844, The New Zealand Company set aside just over 5 hectares of land for the purpose of a botanic garden. The Garden was established in 1868 and was managed by the New Zealand Institute. During 1870s another 20 hectares of land was added to the Garden. Since 1891, the Wellington City Council has managed the Garden.

I visited the Garden via the Cable Car, from Lambton Quay. The No 3 Karori bus from Lambton Quay stops outside the Founders’ Entrance. The public carpark is adjacent to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden with vehicle access through the Centennial Entrance. Parking limit is two hours.

Founders Gates

Founders Gates

After visiting Carter Observatory I walked down through the Australian Garden towards…

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Originally posted on The Life of Your Time:

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American bison bull near the Ridgeline Trail. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Dakota territory in 1883 and had no idea he was on the verge of a life-changing experience. As a young, urban New Yorker he initially had little on his mind other than bagging one of the last American bison.

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American bison near Beef Corral Bottom. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Along the way Roosevelt established a ranch in what would become North Dakota and developed a respect for the “strenuous life” and “perfect freedom” of the west. He also cultivated an awareness for the negative effects people were having on our few remaining wild areas.  As a result of these experiences he would spend the rest of his life working to preserve American wilderness for all people.

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Painted Canyon photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

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Fluorescent Lichens: Dazzling Creatures of Light

Originally posted on Canadian Museum of Nature - Blog:

One of the great things about traveling in far northern Ontario this July was the fact that our multi-disciplinary botany team included a lichenologist.

It was great because lichens are amazing, because lichen experts are very rare, and because there’s so much left to learn in lichenology that every lichen outing seems to result in spectacular discoveries.

Lichen growing taller than the moss around it.

Powdered funnel lichen ( Cladonia cenotea )—Just like in this photo, the specimen of powdered funnel lichen that we collected for exhibition at the museum is mixed with the common boreal feathermoss called big red stem ( Pleurozium schreberi ). Image: R. Troy McMullin © R. Troy McMullin

It was also great timing, because we’ve been making the (already ultra-cool) temporary exhibition Creatures of Light even better by adding material from the Museum of Nature’s research and collections… and as it turns out, some lichens are dazzling creatures of light.

Dr. R. Troy…

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Open Gardens a Treat for the Public

Originally posted on Garden Walk Garden Talk:

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What does that mean to you? Here in Western New York it pretty much means a summer-long string of gardens open to the public, where gardeners invite in the public on designated days to view their private gardens. Many times these gardens are larger than the city gardens of Garden Walk Buffalo being in surrounding towns and villages. Others, like above are public gardens that are open without special invitation. Garden Walk Buffalo gardens do participate as well, but these are gardens visitors might not venture to because of distance and time. They are well worth the gas it takes to get there.

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