But, anecdotally, it really does feel like weather patterns are changing, from the southwest to the northeast. What do you think? Have you noticed any changes in the plants you can grow in your garden? ~AR
I hate to be negative, but I’m going to be, because I am having trouble putting into words how much I cannot stand the term Woman Cave. And Man Cave too, while I’m at it. They both cause a visceral reaction in me, like nails on a chalkboard, or how some people are made nauseous by the word “moist.”
Now that we have that out of the way, I can get onto the confession portion of this post: I yearn for one of these greenhouses, for “a sunny, private, plant-filled (sanctuary) filled with the sound of classical music or NPR.” Yes! I mean, what plant-obsessed woman in her right mind wouldn’t want that? So what do you think? Stupid term, good idea? Stupid idea, reasonable term? Would you like to have a greenhouse in your backyard (that is, if you have a backyard)?
There are so many reasons to love orchids—the most obvious one being that they’re incredibly gorgeous. But beyond that, they instantly make any space feel more elegant and alive (which is why, if you come over to my house, you’ll find an orchid in just about every…
It seems not only the leafy things they love, but the botanists themselves are being threatened by today’s climate. Or at least its scientific climate.
The Natural Areas Association has come to the conclusion that the U.S. will lose more than half of its working botanical experts within the next ten years, leaving a dearth of specialists to look after our natural resources and environment on the whole.
The inimitable Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson answered a question recently on the plight of science as it’s progressing today. It seems apt right about now:
"All the adults are saying, ‘We need to improve science in the world. Let’s train the kids.’ I’ve never heard an adult say, ‘We need more science in the world. Train me.’"
Looking for a new career? I might suggest taking a few courses in botany. We certainly offer more than enough ways for you to start through our adult education programs. —MN
I sent ferdjax a note after I saw this excellent series of photographs of a gingko tree, hoping fervently that he had taken these shots at the Garden. Alas, he had not. But, there is a happy ending, because they were taken at the Cloisters, and I love the Cloisters, too. So, in the end everyone wins. ~AR
The Times takes a look at the implications of this unseasonably warm winter. Above, VP For Horticulture and Living Collections smells the heavenly Dawn viburnum which has burst into bloom several weeks early on the Ladies’ Border at the Garden.
light sensor (Arduino or otherwise) + Max/MSP (or equivalent, Ld or cSound would work too) + the hardware setup you see + clever programming to translate the light and dark of the wood into interesting MIDI signals + a nice MIDI synthesizer to produce the piano sounds = what you see; that’s why it’s in the dark!
What does “Arduino + light sensor” mean? Mr. Ascher was kind enough to include this video clip with his answer.
Some days I love my job so much. Thank you Mia and James! ~ AR