Seeing Red

Going out in a blaze of glory, some of our deciduous trees and shrubs are sporting bright red leaves these days. The red is caused by the late-season production of  the red pigment anthocyanin in the cell cytoplasm. Unlike the

Seeing Red

Going out in a blaze of glory, some of our deciduous trees and shrubs are sporting bright red leaves these days. The red is caused by the late-season production of  the red pigment anthocyanin in the cell cytoplasm. Unlike the

Mum’s the Word!

It’s autumn, and across the northern hemisphere potted chrysanthemums are popping up everywhere. Here in Bratislava, Slovakia, as elsewhere,  people flock to the cemeteries to decorate and care for their loved ones’ graves in preparation for All Saints’ Day (November

Mum’s the Word!

It’s autumn, and across the northern hemisphere potted chrysanthemums are popping up everywhere. Here in Bratislava, Slovakia, as elsewhere,  people flock to the cemeteries to decorate and care for their loved ones’ graves in preparation for All Saints’ Day (November

Happy Pepo Day!

To all you ghouls and ghosts: Happy Pepo Day!Yes, it’s Halloween and Jack’o’Lanterns are everywhere! So are other gourds of every kind, ripening in the fields and populating the grocery stores. Botanists classify gourds, melons, squashes, cucumbers, and their cousins

Happy Pepo Day!

To all you ghouls and ghosts: Happy Pepo Day!Yes, it’s Halloween and Jack’o’Lanterns are everywhere! So are other gourds of every kind, ripening in the fields and populating the grocery stores. Botanists classify gourds, melons, squashes, cucumbers, and their cousins

Botany in Bratislava

I visited Bratislava, Slovakia, this month. While there, I met Vladimir Forman, a botanist isolating and studying the attributes of secondary chemicals of plants, with the goal of using them eventually to improve human health. Drying herbs line the halls

Botany in Bratislava

I visited Bratislava, Slovakia, this month. While there, I met Vladimir Forman, a botanist isolating and studying the attributes of secondary chemicals of plants, with the goal of using them eventually to improve human health. Drying herbs line the halls

Arboretum Tour

About 15 people turned out for last Saturday’s herbarium-sponsored tour of the Sewanee Arboretum, led by herbarium curator Yolande Gottfried and forestry professor Karen Kuers.  Within a short walk, we became better acquainted with several of our campus trees, including

Arboretum Tour

About 15 people turned out for last Saturday’s herbarium-sponsored tour of the Sewanee Arboretum, led by herbarium curator Yolande Gottfried and forestry professor Karen Kuers.  Within a short walk, we became better acquainted with several of our campus trees, including

Make Way for Turtles!

Turtleheads, that is!  Just as our reptilian friends are seeking places to hunker down for the winter, their namesake in the plant world is making its perennial appearance. Look for Chelone glabra blossoms this time of year along creeks and around reservoirs

Make Way for Turtles!

Turtleheads, that is!  Just as our reptilian friends are seeking places to hunker down for the winter, their namesake in the plant world is making its perennial appearance. Look for Chelone glabra blossoms this time of year along creeks and around reservoirs

Nature Play

South Cumberland State Park Visitors’ Center is expanding its educational and fun activities to the Meadow Trail, a 2-mile loop with trailhead just behind the building. First they added a garden, growing “three sisters” vegetables, as well as okra, bee

Nature Play

South Cumberland State Park Visitors’ Center is expanding its educational and fun activities to the Meadow Trail, a 2-mile loop with trailhead just behind the building. First they added a garden, growing “three sisters” vegetables, as well as okra, bee