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.
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"
The release of new apples should be celebrated. The loss of fine apples should also be lamented. Both are catalogued in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.Read more "The Lost Apples: an Enduring Fragility"
Gordon visited the Seychelles in 1881 and believed that the Vallée de Mai on the island of Praslin was the original Garden of Eden, and that the Coco de Mer was the forbidden fruit, ‘… externally the coco-de-mer represents the belly and thighs, the true seat of carnal desires.’Read more "Venus of the Beautiful Buttocks"
Our journey as a species has necessarily been about our relationship with plants as much as about our relationships with each other and with our God.Read more "Art, Nature, and Memory"
Across diverse environments trees achieve fantastic feats of persistence in the face of tidal and freshwater inundation, drought, fire and cold. In benign situations trees, supported by wood, reach massive proportions and are the largest living creatures on Earth.Read more "Seeing through wood: the tree of life"
One of the most remarkable and important features of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens is the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.Read more "Paper, ink and ochre"