“The Gates Foundation, which is already a force in agricultural research and development in Africa, said it would donate $70 million to a new collaboration that will focus on addressing threats to food production in the developing world, including crop diseases, pests, poor soils and harsh weather.”—Reuters - Gates Foundation works to boost food production
“Yet you can rarely count out a seed, said Marc Hachadourian, manager of the Nolen Greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden. “Sometimes things that look dead might be alive, and vice versa,” he said.”—The New York Times - Seeds Straight From Your Fridge
“Where do you go to be alone?
The New York Botanical Garden. I especially like the old-growth forest there; few people realize that the garden includes 50 acres of woodlands that have never been cut — probably the only virgin forest left in the city. It gives you an idea of what the whole place might have looked like before the Europeans arrived.”—New York Magazine - Daily Intel: Oliver Sacks
We have so many beautiful plants in our collection and so many grown in the Caribbean,” said Karen Daubman, the Garden’s director of exhibitions and seasonal Displays. “We wanted to highlight those plants. It’s so beautiful for people to stroll through and feel like they are on vacation.”
Visitors agree. “It’s fantastic,” said Marlene Ostertag, an avid gardener who was visiting with her daughter, Karen, a librarian. “There is a little too much snow piled up and having a place of tropical green in the middle of winter is fantastic.
“Who knew a spot in the middle of the Bronx could feel so wild and isolated?”—
Two members of Martha's gardening team get a wintertime tour of our new Azalea Garden, which is set to celebrate its Grand Opening at the end of April. Sounds like they enjoyed their trip! Click through for a beautiful slideshow, complete with chickadees!