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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Read more about the article Gardeners World episode 2 2012
Gardeners World episode 2 2012

Gardeners World episode 2 2012

Gardeners World episode 2 2012: With the official start of spring and Mothering Sunday only days away, Monty Don and the team look at the practical ways to achieve a better looking garden at this busy time of year.     Monty is selecting and planting climbing roses at his garden in Herefordshire and gives plenty of advice on how to get them to thrive. A visit to a national collection of rambling roses in Gloucestershire provides plenty of inspiration…

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