Read more about the article Botany – A Blooming History episode 3 – Hidden World
Botany - A Blooming History episode 3 - Hidden World

Botany – A Blooming History episode 3 – Hidden World

Botany - A Blooming History episode 3 - Hidden World: For 10,000 years or more, humans created new plant varieties for food by trial and error and a touch of serendipity.     Then 150 years ago, a new era began. Pioneer botanists unlocked the patterns found in different types of plants and opened the door to a new branch of science - plant genetics. They discovered what controlled the random colours of snapdragon petals and the strange colours found…

Continue ReadingBotany – A Blooming History episode 3 – Hidden World




Read more about the article Botany – A Blooming History episode 2 – Photosynthesis
Botany - A Blooming History episode 2 - Photosynthesis

Botany – A Blooming History episode 2 – Photosynthesis

Botany - A Blooming History episode 2 - Photosynthesis: The air we breathe, and all the food we eat, is created from water, sunlight, carbon dioxide and a few minerals. That's it, nothing else. It sounds simple, but this process is one of the most fascinating and complicated in all of science. Without it there could be no life on earth. It's that important.     For centuries people believed that plants grew by eating soil. In the 17th century,…

Continue ReadingBotany – A Blooming History episode 2 – Photosynthesis




Read more about the article Botany – A Blooming History episode 1 – A Confusion of Names
Botany - A Blooming History episode 1 - A Confusion of Names

Botany – A Blooming History episode 1 – A Confusion of Names

Botany - A Blooming History episode 1 - A Confusion of Names: What makes plants grow is a simple enough question. The answer turns out to be one of the most complicated and fascinating stories in science and took over 300 years to unravel.     Timothy Walker, director of Oxford University Botanic Garden, reveals how the breakthroughs of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, Chelsea gardener Phillip Miller and English naturalist John Ray created the science of botany. Between them, these…

Continue ReadingBotany – A Blooming History episode 1 – A Confusion of Names




Read more about the article The Secret History of the British Garden episode 1
The Secret History of the British Garden episode 1

The Secret History of the British Garden episode 1

The Secret History of the British Garden - 17th Century episode 1: Monty Don uncovers the extraordinary stories behind Britain's 17th-century gardens. Starting his journey at the sole surviving garden of the 1600s - Levens Hall in Cumbria - Monty sets out to investigate what the gardens of this age would have looked like and what influenced and inspired their creation.     Along the way, he sees a long-lost garden that - through archaeology and a German Luftwaffe photograph…

Continue ReadingThe Secret History of the British Garden episode 1
Read more about the article Gardeners World episode 3 2012
Gardeners World episode 3 2012

Gardeners World episode 3 2012

Gardeners World episode 3 2012: As the clocks move forward, the longer days of spring are welcomed by every gardener. It's a busy time in the garden and the longer daylight hours present a great opportunity to get on with larger gardening projects. Joe Swift joins Monty Don in his garden to get to grips with lining his newly created pond, giving plenty of advice for anyone wanting to use water in the garden.     Joe also continues his…

Continue ReadingGardeners World episode 3 2012