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Botanicult Fiction: The Thing From Another World

June 1, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens The classical era of science fiction films began long before 1977’s Star Wars. Several wonderful ...

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The Malus Collection

May 29, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens The genus Malus is a member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae) and includes edible ...

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Boraginaceae Botanicals

May 28, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens The borage or forget-me-not family (Boraginaceae) includes approximately 2,000 species of woody and herbaceous ...

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A Celebration of Lilacs

May 27, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Lilacs (scientific name Syringa) are beloved garden plants and much admired for their showy and fragrant ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for a Weekend Treat

May 25, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams follows the adventures of Arthur Dent who ...

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Photo Tour: May Views in the Gardens

May 21, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens I had the occasion to visit RBG on May 19, 2020 to speak to ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Arboretum Aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise

May 20, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Star Trek hardly needs an introduction. It began over 50 years ago with the TV ...

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Royal Botanical Gardens as a Museum of the Land

May 15, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Monday May 18, 2020 is International Museum Day. Museums today are much more exciting and ...

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Scrumptious Succulents

May 14, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens Have you jumped on the succulent bandwagon? For the past ten years or more, ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Horticultural Horror (The Rose Garden by M.R. James)

May 13, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a prolific mediævalist scholar and Provost of King’s College Cambridge (1905-1918) ...

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Botanical Bloodroot

May 8, 2020

By Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Bloodroot is a timeless spring ephemeral from the genus Sanguinaria, which comes from the Latin sanguinarius ...

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Sakura Zensen: The Advance of Cherry Blossoms

May 7, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections Flowering cherries are deciduous trees with showy, ornamental flowers in spring, oval serrated leaves, with many species or cultivars ...

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Throw a Garden-Themed Mother’s Day at Home

May 7, 2020

Celebrate Mom with an RBG-inspired day of music and food! Host an elegant Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at home, or let the kids treat Mom ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Red Weed from Mars

May 5, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens British author H. G. Wells (1866–1946) was a prolific and imaginative contributor to classic science ...

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Spring Bud Break

May 5, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager As spring continues to unfold, it reveals a multitude of delight from early spring flowers, ...

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Happy 90th Birthday!

April 29, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Some of the best historical records we have from the beginning of RBG are found ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Mutant Island

April 27, 2020

By Tomasz Wiercioch, Coordinator, Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Len Wein, Marvel Comics, 1975 A small island in the Pacific is exposed to radiation by ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Flora of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth

April 22, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens It’s hard to imagine a landscape without plants: they’re nearly everywhere on earth. Plants ...

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Royal Botanical Gardens and Earth Day at 50

April 22, 2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, held in the United States following on a 1969 declaration by UNESCO that the first ...

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Slow Down and Smell the β-Damascenone

April 18, 2020

Dr. David Galbraith (Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens) There is a lot of science involved in sniffing a flower. Flowers in cultivation have been ...

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Dazzling Daffodils

April 14, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager Daffodils, the genus Narcissus, are prized plants for historical, ornamental and economical importance. This is ...

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Wicked Witch-Hazels

April 6, 2020

Contributed by Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager The Hamamelidaceae family contains some of our finest trees and shrubs. From the intricate bark ...

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The Science of Springtime

April 6, 2020

Dr. David Galbraith (Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens) We enjoy a great variety of weather in Canada, which perhaps is why talking about it ...

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Botanicult Fiction: James Bond and the Orchid Connection

April 6, 2020

Are you a fan of martini’s shaken not stirred, James Bond and also like orchids? If so the book for you during self isolation might ...

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