Botanical Latin for Gardeners

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Why is this important?

Botanical Latin, taxonomy, or naming is important for gardeners for several reasons, among which are the following:

  1. Our Flower Show. Most immediately we are required according to the Federated rules that all horticultural entries (flowering branches and container plants in bloom) be identified by their botanical names, correctly used when entered in the competition.  See the Schedule which is posted on the Rowayton Gardeners Website. The Schedule outlines the rules for the Horticultural entries as well as some of the correct botanical names.

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Our Favorite Sources

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This is the time of year when gardeners look forward to the flood of seed and plant catalogs that arrive along with tax forms and other harbingers of the new year. We’ve collected a sampling of links to all sorts of garden-related information, including the section on “Sources” and it’s catalogs. Have a look – it’s great browsing!

Winter Tips from the NYBG

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The New York Botanical Garden has prepared an extensive list of winter gardening tips, chores and FAQ’s for all of us anticipating the true start of winter this year.  Take a look – you’ll find splendid videos full of “how to” information, answers to questions like “what’s the best way to dust houseplants in winter,” and tips about protecting shrubs, starting seeds indoors and more.

Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

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If your community gets consistently cold (below freezing) in the winter or has extended periods of snow and ice on the ground, you may be surprised to learn what a huge difference you can make by feeding wild birds right outside your own door or window.  A large-scale winter storm, with deep snow or ice cover, cuts off many birds from their natural food supplies and can actually cause them to starve by the thousands and even millions. Backyard bird feeding can make a real contribution to their survival and even thriving during the winter months.  To make your winter bird feeding successful, follow these 10 Tips from the National Wildlife Federation.

Spring Flower Show Prep

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Next spring, the Gardeners will be collaborating with the Rowayton Historical Society to present a small standard flower show at Pinkney House.  In preparation, we’ll start publishing helpful hints and directions for all who plan to participate in March.  First up?  Notes about flowering houseplants and forcing bulbs.  You may also want to check out information on forcing branches and the official rules about submissions and awards. Our press release regarding the Flower Show is available here. A helpful guide from Sarah Graber for Latin plant names is located here.