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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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?
Terry Donahue brought this article to our attention, and we hope it raises your pollinator awareness: "While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing" (Photo: Peggy Anne Montgomery)
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!
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!
A Women in Hort favorite article highlighting how women in D.C. help each other's voices and ideas get heard.
This woman is using permaculture to make a difference in ex-prisoner's lives. Read more for inspiration!
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.