Tuesday digest

Tony Foster, who produces a botany word of the day on his great blog of the same name, has collected the his definitions and photos together in a book for iPads, find the details here.

“This useful reference presents 1260 botanical terms, their derivation from Latin or Greek, a definition of the term and 550 illustrations to convey the meaning of the term. There is a full glossary of the terms as well as study cards.”

For those of us who still prefer holding a book in our hands, or indeed reading a book (not a screen) in bed Tony promises a “hard” version, probably by early next year.

His 2012 book, Plant Heritage New Zealand, is also available as an iPad book. Find more details here.

If you haven’t already looked at Tony’s blog, click on Botany Word of the Day on the right-hand menu.

Rachel Hunter helps save rare NZ plant from extinction … was the breathless headline in the NZ Herald recently. Here’s the story, which is quite interesting from a botanical point of view but differs from the printed version in at least one aspect. The paper said “imported plants” were responsible for the plant’s decline; the online version says “imported animals”. The photo in the paper was better too, our Rach holding a baby kiwi.

This is a January story from TV3 about using a “gun” to fire kakabeak seed into areas not accessible to browsing pests.

If you happen to be in Montreal between now and September 22 get along to the city’s botanic garden and see the International Mosiaculture Festival – “botanical artists” showing 50 works.

Mosaiculture, according to the website, is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials). The pieces draw on sculpture for structure and volume, on painting for their palette, and on horticulture for its plants in a living, constantly changing environment. Mosaiculture is different from topiary, which features mostly shrubs that are pruned to create shapes.

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