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Poison ivys' evil cousin - Dendrocnide moroides

“While walking through the jungle of this newly discovered land we were constantly on the lookout.  We had heard rumors of dangerous wildlife and inhospitable natives, but I did not even see or hear anything when it struck me. 757 more words


"A Smell that is Not Good": Ferns in Early Modern Medicine

This post is provided by Anne Marie Creighton, who joins us this year as a research fellow in the Dumbarton Oaks Library.

Although flowers predominate in most early books of medicine printed in Europe, ferns have long been used alongside them. 476 more words

Garden & Landscape

Is fed agency Parks Australia pimping out Canberra's national botanic gardens ?

The Australian National Botanic Gardens now has a spa on site, offering facials, pedicures, body wraps and something called “a shellac hand refresh.”

That’s right – a national science institution that has the world’s most comprehensive display of living Australian native plants has leased one of its buildings to an upmarket beauty parlour. 517 more words


Throwback Thursday!

It absolutely amazes me how fast Brendan and Ryan are growing up!!!

I decided to do a “Throwback Thursday” post and was blown away by how much they have changed over the past three years! 162 more words

Dear Fat Spider, have some orange.

Spiders are generally good. They eat a lot of our pests (albeit in smallish numbers), and can help keep your plants and yourself healthy without the need of synthetic poison (which is bad, hence the name and the skull on the containers). 536 more words

Citrus Oil

Pressed plants from long ago yield data on climate change

The primary act of social media—whether Twitter, tumblr, or Instagram—is virtual curation. Around the turn of the 20th century, though, the curation fad was literal: people roamed fields and forests to collect plant specimens and preserve them in plant libraries called herbaria. 62 more words