Plant exploration influences our lives in many unexpected way. While there is still much to be discovered in the dark recesses of the forests, oceans, and mountains, what we’ve already found benefits us in unique and surprising ways. From shaved white truffles sprinkled over pizza to a beautiful botanical illustration gallery at Kew Gardens to advances in medical research, the benefits of plant exploration pervade our everyday life. In the spring session of the Literature of the Land book club, we’ll focus on the many facets of plant exploration – in history, fiction, and the modern era.
We live in such a dynamic and exciting world where everything seems to compete for our attention, gardening and horticulture are one of the activities that many people turn to for escape from the rat race. Long known to be quiet reflective gardens, Islamic gardens have offered throughout the centuries places of refuge and quiet for their users.
Receiving a rose bouquet as a gift is very special. Could it be that roses represent so many emotions and are positively linked to specific occasions like birthdays, Valentine's Day, graduations and anniversaries? Or are they special because their blooms are fragrant, beautifully colored and have such a distinct presence when wonderfully displayed in a floral arrangement?
Growing up in Kansas with a stern Baptist grandmother I had a lot of early experience with home remedies. Returning from a grandma visit to jeering siblings I often had garlic breath and sported flaky baking soda poultices. I found Grandmother fascinating and diligently followed her around her cobwebby basement checking out shelves full of mysterious liniments, syrups and salves.