NBGW – First Post

Originally posted on Life of a Plant Lover:

It’s been three winks since I left Hertfordshire and started my new job at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Where has the time gone?!

Avenue of Betula pendula

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A rose in the Double Walled Garden

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Waterlily (Nymphaea)

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The Rill

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I mentioned in my previous post that the weather has been glorious since I arrived. Sunshine every day, with no hint of rain – no wet Welsh weather like I had been warned about before moving here!

I’m settling in well to my new life. It was sad to say goodbye to my old one but in a bitter-sweet way. I’m working in an amazing garden and living in a beautiful part of the country – it’s been a manic few weeks but all the packing and unpacking has been worth it.

The Tropical House

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Inside

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Trimezia martinicensis

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Paphiopedilum orchid

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I’m at NBGW with one other PGG trainee, who…

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Botanists battle ‘plant blindness’ with seeds of knowledge via philly.com

Originally posted on GreenFingers: Australian Plant Society, Maroondah:

Botanists battle ‘plant blindness’ with seeds of knowledge

Posted: September 13, 2014

Since she began teaching at Rutgers 13 years ago, botany professor Lena Struwe has seen growing student interest in learning about plants. But that desire often comes without the basic plant knowledge that previous generations of students arrived on campus with. They studied plants in high school biology class, spent their childhoods playing in the woods, and picked raspberries with their grandmothers.

“Many times, I have to teach from scratch. ‘This is a petal. This is a leaf. This is a branch,’ ” said Struwe, who, like plant-science educators across the country, bemoans what has come to be known as “plant blindness” or plant illiteracy among not just college students, but adults and children, too.

What to do?

Botanists, horticulturists – all manner of plant scientists, really…

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We SHAPED Perth Amboy in 2014!

Originally posted on ShapingNJ Community Pilots:

Children’s Community Garden: We all know the saying “What a difference a day makes.” Well I must say “What a difference a garden makes!” Over the summer we had children volunteer to keep up with our Children’s Community Garden. The Children came faithfully every day at 4:00 in the afternoon, and at times they would bring their friends as well. They watered, pull weeds, and pick vegetables and herbs. Afterwards, the children took vegetables and herbs home. They were given projects to do at home, like making a salad with all the vegetables they were given and to write down the recipe. Witnessing their expressions, to hear and see our members support when the children were in the garden was a great reward. A volunteer wrote a letter saying “Thank you for allowing us to eat”.

This year the Farmers Market has grown and continues to be an affordable access…

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Kew Gardens in London, video

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from London, England is called Top Ten Attractions at Kew Gardens – in just two minutes.

It says about itself:

15 July 2014

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is in Richmond on the outskirts of London, and is one of the most amazing gardens in the world. It has an extraordinary diversity of plants and over 14,000 trees all set within a vast and beautiful landscape layered with history and heritage.

This short film gives you a bird’s eye view of Kew and reveals the must-see attractions within the gardens.

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