How to Save Money & The Environment

Ecologically friendly gardening isn’t as tough a commitment as you might think. In fact, you won’t just be saving the planet, you’ll be saving time and money. Watch Eliza Fournier’s video for tips on how easy it can be or read on for the highlights.

  1. Repurpose packing materials by filling the bottoms of large pots with leftover styrofoam and packing peanuts. You’ll reduce the amount of potting soil needed, and make your pots lighter and easier to move around.
  2. Replace chemical herbicides with a natural mix. Boil 1 gallon of white vinegar with 1 cup of table salt, then cool. Add 2 or 3 drops of liquid dish detergent and pour into a sprayer.
  3. Reuse! Instead of buying cheap tools every year, consider investing in quality tools and maintaining them properly. Your tool-sharpening kit should include WD-40, a rasp, coarse sandpaper, and a clamp.
  4. Recycle garden pots at garden centers or at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s World Environment Day on June 4, 2011.
  5. Reinvent your garden to include native plants and organic vegetables. Native plants attract pollinators to make your veggies more productive. Natives are also low-maintenance.


History of Botany

History of Botany

Though the science botany as we know it today starting out throughout the period of Western colonialism within an area of study by landowners of their plants and trees in their land along with the exotic specimens they’d bring back from their travels, human interest in plants goes back much farther. Arguably, it’s the dawn of the nineteenth century some 12,000 decades back as well as beyond that when people sought to identify plants with healing properties, their growing seasons, people who could or could not be eaten, the way to breed them for hardiness or bigger yields, fruits and veggies have all been critical to our social improvement. Even before there was science as we know it, humanity has analyzed plants and it was this understanding that pushes the Agricultural Revolution in developing crops amongst other things.

Civilisation means surplus society, and when we refer to surplus we usually mean plants – throughout the near Middle East, civilization distributes and it is chiefly because of developing farming approaches of the Neolithic. Ancient Greece and Rome were periods of great learning and it’s no surprise then that there are prominent characters that drove the science forward as best they can. Aristotle, Theophrastus, and Dioscorides were important ancient figures to plant research and Theophrastus is called “The Father of Botany” because of two seminal works which were used for another 1500 years and survive today. Nor is research limited to western civilization, Chinese civilization made about the same sort of progress as Greek civilization across the same time and there may have been a trade of knowledge due to The Silk Road.

For the next 1500 decades, there would be little development and most botanical studies were confined to places of learning such as universities and monasteries. Physic gardens were popular at a few of the biggest monasteries in the Christian world and those were vital for what limited research went on into the medical aspects of crops – many of the knowledge though was what had been passed on from Roman and Greek civilization.

Not only could we learn about the plants, but also study their reproduction, metabolism and other facets that had until then, been closed off to us.

Not only were researchers interested in the science, but average people were starting to appreciate plants in themselves rather than purely for practical factors. Public gardens were set all over the western world and wealthy landowners turned over vast tracts of land for parks and gardens. When originally opened, many botanic gardens were dedicated to classification, labeling and the trading of seeds. Today, all these are vital research centers often tied to universities.

Even the BSA (Botanical Society of America) was founded in 1893 and though at the time the organization accepted members from USA and Canada, today it is among the foremost botanical organizations with associates all around the world. It’s during this century that many other countries established botanical societies as a result of the developing fascination with crops and the gaining momentum of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Botany has seen a resurgence in the last few decades as a result of a growing awareness of the consequences of climate change. We may have learned much about most human plants but in the coming years, they’ll be vital in teaching us about the ecology of the future.


Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany

What is Botany?

Botany is the scientific study of plants. “Plants,” too many people, means a vast assortment of living organisms from the smallest bacteria to the largest living things – the giant sequoia trees. Today scientists believe bacteria, algae and fungi are inside their distinct kingdoms, but many typical botany courses, and many Botany Departments at universities and colleges, nevertheless teach about such groups.

Since the field is so broad, there are many kinds of plant biologists and lots of distinct possibilities available. Botanists interested in ecology research interactions of plants with other organisms and the environment. Other field botanists search to find new species or perform experiments to find out how plants grow under various conditions. Some botanists study the structure of crops. They may work in the field, concentrating on the pattern of the entire plant. Others use microscopes to examine the many detailed fine structures of human cells. Most botanists do experiments to find out how plants convert straightforward chemical compounds to more complex substances. They might even study how genetic information in DNA controls plant growth. Botanists study procedures that occur on a time scale ranging from fractions of a second in individual cells into those who unfold over eons of evolutionary time.

The outcomes of botanical research increase and improve our supply of medicines, fibers, foods, building materials, and other plant compounds. Conservationists use botanical knowledge to help handle parks, forests, rangelands, and wilderness regions. Public health and environmental security professionals depend on their comprehension of plant science to help solve contamination issues