Botanica

‘Botany, the science of the vegetable kingdom, is one of the most attractive, most useful, and most extensive departments of human knowledge. It is, above every other, the science of beauty.’ – Sir Joseph Paxton

Here you’ll find all sorts of juicy botanically inspired information. The more obscure and curious, the better. Think plant sex, history, zombie plants, plant profiles, plant mythology and more.

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Jeanne Baret’s Bougainvillea

Botanica, CultureThe unusual story of a ubiquitous plant.

Seeking Refuge: How Australian Plants use Soil for Shelter

BotanicaRobert Champion explores the clever fire-shelter tactics of Australian plants.

In a Tangle: the Debate over New Zealand’s Small Leaved Shrubs

BotanicaRobert Champion untangles the mystery of New Zealand's small leaved, divaricating plants.

Bonsai and the Cult of Cute

Botanica, CultureAn exploration of our obsession with the tiny world of bonsai!

A Trillion Trees Can Save the World

Botanica, CultureThe simple solution you can put into action to kick climate change to the curb!

Battlefield Botanicals: Plant Use During War

BotanicaThe bloodstained history of plants as healers, harmers and sustenance in warfare.

Zombie Plants!

BotanicaWhat is dead may never die, as these resurrected zombie/mutant plants will show you...

Horticultural Therapy: Finding Ground in Nature

Botanica, CultureKathryn Tam takes us on a mindfulness walk in the New York Botanical Gardens.

Stefano Mancuso’s Nation of Plants

BotanicaAn upcoming exhibition from neurobiologist & author Stenfano Mancuso explores the concept of plants as living & sentient beings.

Madness and Wonder: An Excerpt from The Gardener’s Year

Botanica, CultureAn excerpt from Karel Čapek's glorious book, The Gardener's Year

The World’s Ugliest Plants

Botanica, CultureIs a gerbera uglier than a penis shaped plant that stinks of rotting meat?

A Succulent Love Story

BotanicaNatasha Grogan used to HATE succulents. But not anymore!

Plant Obsessives Unite!

BotanicaObsessive about plants? Join a plant society. There's one for every genus!

Tulipomania: A Tale of Obsession, Greed and Flowers

Botanica, CultureThat time when tulips were more expensive than houses.

Get a Rheum! Plant Hunting in the Himalayas

BotanicaGo hunting botanical oddities in Bhutan with Chris Brown!

Native Orchid Rescue

BotanicaDive into the complex dynamics of Australian native orchid propagation.

Plants: Nature’s Aphrodisiacs

BotanicaSexy-time with Plants! You'll be happy to find many an aphrodisiac lurking in your veggie patch or pantry...

Abandoned Garden Anarchy

BotanicaWhat happens to a garden when it’s left to its own devices? Anarchy, of course.