Plants

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RHS asks gardeners to find interesting ‘weeds’ that may be rare plants
People urged to submit specimens to an app as private gardens may be fresh source of scientific discovery

Helena Horton Environment reporter

04, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Country diary: Honeysuckle twines its way towards the light | Susie White
Allendale, Northumberland: It brings promise every winter at around this time, twisting around branches and becoming just as fat

Susie White

28, Jan, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Food, feed and fuel: global seaweed industry could reduce land needed for farming by 110m hectares, study finds
Scientists identify parts of ocean suitable for seaweed cultivation and suggest it could constitute 10% of human diet to reduce impact of agriculture

Graham Readfearn

26, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Battle of the botanic garden: the horticulture war roiling the Isle of Wight
The long read: When a US businessman took over a beloved garden a decade ago, he decided on a radical new approach, all in the name of sustainability. But angry critics claim it’s just plain neglect

Mark O’Connell

26, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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If plants are so intelligent, should we stop eating them? | Emma Beddington
Recent research suggests plants may be able to learn and communicate. This really put me off my baked potato, writes Emma Beddington

Emma Beddington

16, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Olive Hilliard obituary
Other lives: South African botanist who eventually made her home in Scotland

Henry Noltie

15, Jan, 2023 @11:57 AM

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Planting the seed: the botanist who harnessed the arts to grow Melbourne’s botanic gardens
As he prepares to depart after 10 years at the helm, Tim Entwisle speaks of making the gardens ‘less introverted’ while staying focused on conservation

Adeshola Ore

14, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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How to start a sustainable, affordable garden – right now
It might be winter, but there’s plenty to do: our expert on how to start a small, climate-friendly garden from scratch

Matt Collins

13, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: The joy of growing something from nothing | Anita Roy
Wellington, Somerset: Our local Transition Town group is turning a scrubby field into a forest garden – and the word is spreading

Anita Roy

13, Jan, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Time to branch out? Trees put lawns in the shade when it comes to tackling climate crisis
Traditional lawn has been under fire for years because of its lack of biodiversity and voracious appetite for fertiliser, herbicides and mowing

Tess McClure in Auckland

13, Jan, 2023 @12:15 AM

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Country diary: Masses of ivy that seem to defy time and space | Mark Cocker
Millers Dale, Derbyshire: Once I’d seen it, I could notice nothing else as it snaked up every tree and clambered across the ground

Mark Cocker

11, Jan, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Smells like dead rats: crowds flock to catch a whiff of blooming corpse flower in Adelaide
Titan arum emits a foul smell to lure pollinators, but at the botanic gardens it attracts thousands of visitors to witness the rare flowering

Tory Shepherd

09, Jan, 2023 @4:02 AM

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