5 MINUTE READS
A collection of articles and blogs
to keep you in the loop in 5 minutes or less.
Meet the Philly kid who helped solve the strange case of a missing bee and a rare Pa. plant
Wow! Great article about botany, young women, persistence, and the scientific method.
Zalia Avant-garde spells her way to victory!
5 minute read about the amazing first young Black woman to win the Scripps Spelling Bee AND all the hort words that got her the win, including nepeta and murraya! And she has a great name. Congrats to Zaila Avant-garde!
A Poignant Reading Journey
A five minute read from Longwood Garden's blog. A "few suggestions of excellent nature writing, each offering its own perspective of the African American experience, and each a source of inspiration in itself." Many of the selections are by and/or about women and women of color.
Philadelphia’s florists have seen love on display throughout the pandemic. Valentine’s Day is no exception.
"As people seek to safely connect or comfort in the pandemic, florists are delivering." A five minute read for this snowy day. If you aren't in a greenhouse today, take a few minutes to imagine you are, with the sights and scents of flowers.
Who is Anne Spencer? Why You Need to Know This Harlem Renaissance Poet—and Visit Her Garden
Poet, Activist, Librarian and Gardener. In this 5 minute read, find out more about Anne Spencer and visit her garden when you can.
A City Council bill proposed banning all pesticide use on Philadelphia’s public land—until environmentalists spoke up
Absolutism isn't always the answer. What do you think?
Can Cannabis Farms Weather Wildfire Season?
Five minute read about small, family-run cannabis farms on the West Coast.
Philly’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping dishes the dirt on the news conference heard ’round the world
We know this is "old news" now, but this article about Four Seasons Total Landscaping owner Marie Siravo is a quick read that demonstrates how a long established "woman in hort" was able to turn a crazy situation into a positive outcome for her business. And it is total Philly. Enjoy!
These plants seem like they're trying to hide from people
A plant used in Chinese traditional medicine has evolved camouflage in heavily harvested areas.
Women find a foothold in the boys club of the agriculture industry
Give thanks to our farmers, urban and rural, for the food we eat everyday. Here are a few female farmers in our area.
An organic tea company has bloomed into a CSA
Check out this article about Barfield's Organic Tea Company and their new storefront in Mount Airy called Grow. Sip. Repeat.
Come spring, these South Philly gardens will grow even more foods that celebrate the culture of Burmese and Bhutanese immigrants
Check out this 5 minute read to see how Burmese and Bhutanese immigrants are growing food to celebrate their cultures.
Lifelong plant lover opens her own Chestnut Hill shop
Check out this video about Sister Sunflower, a newly opened brick and mortar, woman owned plant shop in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Follow her on Instagram @sistasunflower
Philly florists bring beauty back to voting with public installations across the region
Great idea and execution by Kate Carpenter, co-owner and florist-farmer of EMA Blooms, a flower CSA and floral design business in the East Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors
Climate change is taking a toll on trees in the Northeast. Read how arborists, including sisters Bear and Melissa LeVangie, are fairing and recruiting a new generation of "tree doctors".
Mushrooms, the Last Survivors
An interesting article on the intersection of horticulture, food, art, ecology, and the power of fungi.
The Tulip Revivalist
Thinking about a fall bulb planting? Check out this interesting article about horticulture historian Polly Nicholson and tulip cultivation and history.
Enjoy Those Vegetables, but Don’t Forget to Save Some Seeds
Don't let the fruits of your labor (and your plant's labor) go to waste! Start saving those seeds.
Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women in Botany & Public Horticulture
Looking to read more about fellow Women in Horticulture? Check out this blog post from the National Wildlife Federation.
'Not just weeds': how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora
This article shows how some rebellious botanists are sharing their knowledge and how that might help with plant blindness.
When Women Don't Speak
This 5 minute read explores the different gender roles and how they interact in group settings. What role are you playing in the group? Are you helping other women speak?
Elizabeth Hall: The First Horticulture Therapist was a Woman
Did you know that the first horticulture therapist was a woman? Check out our 5 minute read to meet Elizabeth Hall.
Centuries Later, America’s First Female Botanist Lives On in a Community Garden
This article invites you to meet Jane Colden, our nation's first female botanist. Today, the garden clubs of her hometown tend a garden full of all the plants she described in her book, "Flora of New York".
The Beautiful World Beside the Broken One
Are you noticing the signs of spring? Don't get caught up in the scrolling impulse because spring isn't canceled!
These 10 National Parks Wouldn’t Exist Without Women
Check out this five minute read to learn about some of the ladies that have helped shape our National Parks.
International Women's Day 2020: How the day began and why the fight for women's rights is still necessary
This read discusses the history of International Women's Day (March 8th). Did you know it's roots trace back to 1908?
Garden educator Howard Brosius takes his green classroom mobile
This super-short read shows that no matter the size of the garden, the impact is huge! Read on to learn how one person is sharing the world of vegetables with over 100 children a week in the Philadelphia area!
Extraordinary Women in Public Horticulture
Written by Jennifer Jewell, this article from the Public Garden Magazine, features women who are working in the field of public horticulture. Article on pages 7 & 8.
How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement
This read might inspire you to join us in reading Silent Spring this year! Check out how the book changed the environmental movement.
Turning a Profit: Women Entrepreneurs in Waste Management
Check out the progressive women that are stirring up the water management industry. But "beware composting is kind of a gateway drug".
Plant records: Most overdue library book?
This article features a debated book of botany with one of the greatest translated titles we've seen "Here for you a smiling garden of everlasting flowers" - check it out!
Botany at the Bar
This article could be read at the bar- it features a discussion all about the botanical bitters and their history. Maybe it will inspire you for some new holiday drinks.
Philadelphia launching 10-year ‘urban forest’ plan after startling tree decline
This article is all about Philadelphia's initiative to create a tree canopy plan after assessing how the urban and residential trees have fared over the past ten years.
Here’s How To Make Your Thanksgiving Celebration More Eco-friendly
Here's a reminder of some of the little things that you could do to make your Thanksgiving more eco-friendly, including more plant based food, decorating with nature, and composting.
The Women Behind Some of Washington’s Best Grapevines
This article features the sisterhood of vineyard growing ladies out in Washington state.
Thomas Jefferson University professor’s idea for community-designed parks in Philly takes root
Read all about local green space efforts to create community designed parks in Philadelphia.
New LeanIn Study: The Broken Rung Keeping Women From Management
The glass ceiling isn't the largest challenge women face in the work place, instead it's the broken rung.
The Greening of Paris Makes Its Mayor More Than a Few Enemies
Major greening is underway in what the Mayor says is an attempt to put nature back in the city.
Gray And Resilient
Not a 5 minute read but a 45 minute listen. This radio broadcast talks about the trouble women have keeping a foothold in the workplace. Even if they’ve done outstanding work in the past.