5 MINUTE READS

A collection of articles and blogs

to keep you in the loop in 5 minutes or less.

One of the most inspiring people we met in 2019 is inspiring us again with her love for gardens and inspiring us to make our lives more artistic and meaningful. Thanks Julicia for sharing your wisdom!

Using Instagram, the British designer Cressida Jamieson has built a following around the floral designs she stitches onto T-shirts.

The widespread media coverage of colourful planted road verges such as those by Pictorial Meadows for Rotherham Council has been vigorously exercising some botanists in recent weeks.

One of India’s finest plant scientists, Janaki Ammal spurred her country to protect its rich tropical diversity. 

One of the common features of plants they make their own food. But what happens inside a plant when they stop making their food and eat something else?

Finally, fathers are asked about their "work-life balance". The first response alone is worth reading!

Work is easier when we do it together. This article talks about strategies we all can implement to stop the "slow leak" of women out of the workforce.

Lucy Dinsmore found this fast read from The Wharton School. Vice Dean of Impact, Katherine Klein and her team conducted an intense review to answer the above question. Read the summary in 2 minutes, or the full report in 30 minutes. Either way the answer is something all companies should strive towards.

In more unsurprising news, researchers have finally supported what many of us feel to be true "discrimination literally raises women's blood pressure". Even though we know the results, the article is still worth the quick read.

As horticulturists our livelihoods and plants depend on us understanding what climate zone we are in. Not surprisingly, we need to update our knowledge.

This paper, found through "This Week in Botany", has many people skeptical of the results and methods. Grab your critical thinking cap and see for yourself if you agree.

Ozone can seem like a distant or silent pollutant, but this study shows real-world impacts of this tricky pollutant.

In the non-profit world we know that volunteering is crucial, but what about volunteering for too many tasks as an employee? Are those tasks distributed equally?

Consumer Horticulture put together a series of 4 infographics that support the value of plants. Each one takes less than 5 minutes to read, and is a great resource to support the notion that plants (and plant people) are amazing! #plantsdothat

Women in Hort's go-to , the Harvard Business Review, lists these 8 questions as your new go-to networking openers. Some of them we love, a few make us cringe! Check it out!

Innovative Solutions for Harassment

This creative way to react to harassment in the restaurant industry is as effective as it is simple! Check it out, and see if it inspires solutions for horticulture.

Men overestimate intelligence in science class.

Get your stats and responses straight about the gender pay gap. Looks long, but is a quick read.

"Sometimes when I hear exclamations of “we need to inspire more women to pursue the sciences!” I think: We’re here! We want to do science! But how can we when, to advance, we’re forced to run at double the speed of our male colleagues on a career track clouded by bias and covered in LEGOs?"

Anecdotes and statistics that help answer the title question.

A critique of removing existing vegetation in green space creation. 

Sometimes advice like this isn't the most useful, but when a BBC journalist uses BBC stats to back up her claim, her boss is going to listen. Read on for helpful advice!

A short article on a literal family tree, that happens to be an outstanding Prunus cultivar.

Even if you aren't an HR professional, these tips on hiring for diversity help all of us!

Supporting Racial Diversity in Public Garden Leadership

Tracy Qiu concisely brings together great perspectives and action items for large and small organizations that wish to improve racial diversity in our industry. Page 7 of this issue.

An informative piece in a beautiful format.

A Women in Hort favorite article highlighting how women in D.C. help each other's voices and ideas get heard. 

Actually helpful tips for reacting to biased comments.

Are women's groups and diversity  committees doing enough to help our causes?

A short blog post on finding clothes as a woman farmer. 

This woman is using permaculture to make a difference in ex-prisoner's lives. Read more for inspiration!

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