Chelsea Physic Garden Through the Ages

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea lives over 5000 species of plants, many of them medicinal or otherwise ‘useful’ to our lives in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Almost 350 years after it was found by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Michael Holland, Head of Education at the Garden will be exploring its past and some of […]

Wildlife Gardening

Growing concern for the environment has encouraged us to see that we can make a contribution to biodiversity by changing how we design and use our gardens. This talk will look at the emergence of wildlife gardening in a number of locations ranging from homes to schools to businesses. Professor Justin Dillon will give a […]

Science Behind the Photo #31

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This flower is native to Europe and North America. The origin of the word dandelion is a corruption of the French dent de Lion meaning lion’s tooth, though it also goes by the more poetic name of Florin d’Or – the golden florian. Its ethereal seeding stage; a corona of misty-star like […]

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Cannabis genome sequenced

When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]

Goldie lookin food chain

Spinning gold from straw is the stuff of fairytales, but Rumpelstiltskin might actually have been onto something.  It seems plants have the ability to suck up gold nanoparticles and incorporate the precious metal into their leaves.  This might sound like the next must-have bling homeware, but when the leaves get eaten, the gold gets transferred […]

Strawberry Genome Sequenced

A multinational team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genome of woodland strawberries. Whilst these aren’t the kind of strawberries you can find in your local supermarket, understanding their genetic code still has huge potential. Not only are woodland strawberries closely related to their cultivated counterparts, they are also part of the same genetic family […]