TAG: Botany

Getting Kids Into Gardening

Getting Kids In The Garden

Teaching kids where their food comes from is a valuable lesson that will stay with them forever. Gardening fosters a sense of independence, models sustainability and encourages healthy eating. Match kid’s creativity by rethinking what a garden plot should be. If space is an issue, container gardens or vertical varieties are easier to maintain and can be done to scale in order to fit the child’s abilities and growing plans. A simple planter concept that also reuses plastic bottles can be seen in a product called the Petomato. By taking an ordinary empty water bottle and fitting on the special cap that contains… read more

How to Benefit from Botany


Botany, which can be defined as the study of plants, is one of the main disciplines of biology. For hundreds of years, the observation of plant life has helped scientists unearth the nature of historical development. Botany has provided insight into the diets of early human settlers, and the hunter-gatherers that came before them. It has also enabled the study and use of plant properties for medicinal purposes. But botany isn’t limited to work in laboratories, nor is the practice exclusive to professional scientists. Plant life can be, with a little practice and curiosity, accessible to the observation of ordinary… read more

Enrich Fabric with Natural Dye


For thousands of years, humans have used dyes to enhance interactions with our environment; and indeed, much of our perception of other sensations, including taste and smell, are greatly influenced by appearance. Specifically, by an object’s pigmentation. Such is the reason viewing temperate land blush after rainfall could be considered an act of visual gluttony. It may entice you, then, to know you can saturate items of your own using the natural resources around you. The following are plant parts well suited for use as dyestuff: Flowers – Most flowers can be used fresh or dried. To dry the flowers… read more

Which Plant Is That?


Scientifically appointed plant names are more than a sophisticated, pretentious alternative to a plant’s common name. While vernacular or common names may be more identifiable to gardeners – and easier to remember – they are no substitute for botanic names. As with medical terms, botanic names have information attached to them. Botanical names are binomials that draw on Latin genus and species, and for a binomial to be legitimate, it must conform to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Unlike medical terms, however, what the name makes reference to may be less obvious, as it could pertain to the appearance,… read more