“In Sri Lanka, there grows to this day, a tree, the oldest historical tree in the world.” – H.G. Wells Late last year our family made a pilgrimage to the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. The World Heritage site illustrates millenia of Sri Lanka’s cultural history and remains a lively contemporary religious and regional […]Read more "The oldest historical tree in the world"
In Christmas’s past we’ve explored almonds and marzipan, sugar and glace fruits, frankincense and myrrh, Christmas trees and the rather gothic interpretations of Santa and his flying reindeer. For this Christmas Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, a rare celebration of economic botany, provides the botany of Christmas.Read more "Tchaikovsky’s tribute to economic botany"
2013 was the International Year of Quinoa – as there hasn’t been a crop that’s had this honour since, perhaps it’s still not too late to consider quinoa. The story of quinoa is an important one beyond the fashionable marketing hyperbole of quinoa as a ‘superfood’, and perhaps especially important if you suffer from gluten intolerance.Read more "Quinoa – A Pseudocereal (Or Is That Keen-Wah?)"
The success of maize (or corn) cultivation since the Columbian Exchange is remarkable; Michael Pollan wryly observes that we are “processed corn, walking”.Read more "Greenspace: Children of the corn"
The Australia Register of Significant Trees incorporates trees on scientific, social, historic and aesthetic grounds and provides an online nomination process; and proposals for new candidates are welcomed by the Trust.Read more "Greenspace: The fifth element – seeing the trees for themselves"
Our relationship with plants describes our lives – the miracle of light transforming to life through the agency of chlorophyll provides the chemical energy in our food that allows our hearts to beat.Read more "Greenspace: The Mythology of Plants"
The miracle achieved by plants in transforming sunlight into life describes our past, present and future. Ultimately our future is dependent on the role of plants in food, climate and water security.Read more "Greenspace"