In 2021, the enchanting Madrigal family hit our screens in Disney's 60th film, Encanto. Here we meet the plants featured in Isabela's song "What else can I do?", including a stunning orchid, the "exam tree", an obligate mutualist, carnivory and a tree that could be the inspiration behind the Madrigal candle!
Category: Plant Science
LGBTQ+ Botanists in Pride Month: Vita Sackville-West
This week, we're taking a peak into the illustrious life of the "best-selling, bisexual baroness" Vita Sackville-West who, despite living in the 1920's, was determined to prove that love could be between a woman and a man or a woman and a woman, and sometimes both at once.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Badass Botanists
On 11th February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed to promote and celebrate women and girls leading and working on ground-breaking scientific research. In this blog post, we're meeting two badass botanists who overcame so much to pursue their passion for plants.
Plant science in Movember
Every November, men around the world leave their upper-lip untamed and grow fabulous moustaches to raise awareness for mens health. Here are the stories of three botanists who made incredible contributions to science and had excellent moustaches.
Four things I learnt during my PhD journey
If you're at the beginning of your PhD journey, half way through, looking back fondly or even curious to know what a PhD is like, hopefully you'll get a glimpse of my experience by looking at some of the joys and regrets from my PhD.
Road tripping around England: West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire
In my final road trip post (for now) I’ll cover a few of the plants I spotted in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire including an early Christmas present, a butterfly friendly beauty and a quietly reliable flower.
In the garden with Waheed Arshad
Dr Waheed Arshad is a Botanical Data Specialist from Candide Gardening. From pressing plants at school to graduating with a PhD, Waheed's journey as a botanist has been incredibly interesting, and he's just getting started.
Road tripping around England: Gloucester, Worcester and Shropshire
In my penultimate road trip post, I'll cover a few of the plants I spotted in Gloucester, Worcester and Shropshire, including a recipe for instant love, an unlikely member of a cathedral garden and a soul guiding fruit.
Plant science in Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign that aims to highlight research into breast cancer. Last month, my wonderful Mum was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. While she's undergoing treatment, I decided I would distract myself by doing what I do best - researching plants.
Road tripping around England: Devon, Cornwall and Somerset
This post was comprised of three locations close to my heart for a variety of reasons. In Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, we meet an unlikely inhabitant of a burnt down church, one with a different reproductive system and one with a whole Japanese festival tied to it.