Anna Laurent

Anna Laurent
Mimosa pudica
Mimosa pudica, or the bashful plant, is the introvert of the garden, yet, with a coy choreography that is curiously beautiful, it is impossible not to touch, and has fascinated botanists for centuries. At a light caress, its fern-like leaves will fold inward; a gentle thrust will collapse the petiole.


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Charlotte de Latour, Le Langage des Fleurs [nid:126510]
How to say "I love you?" Flora's Lexicon, an exhibit at Carnegie Mellon's Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, in Pittsburgh, is all about the language of flowers, and the institute will be having a free open house this Sunday and Monday. Read More »
A physician by trade, botanic enthusiast, and accidental inventor, Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward devised the first terrarium in 1829, and thereby launched a new age of horticultural possibilities—where ferns and mosses would grow indoors, and tropical exotics would travel the world.  Read More »
Tulip vase-Chatsworth
During the great tulipomania craze, a vase was designed to showcase the expensive flowers.  Read More »
Wildman Steve Brill
"The Wildman" Steve Brill has moved into the digital age with an iPhone app that can help you identify wild edibles, with harvesting methods and tips to avoid poisonous lookalikes! Read More »
Topiary Elephants
An exhibit of contemporary topiary pieces is on display at this year's International Horticulture Expo, in Xi’an, China. The menagerie of living sculptures includes the country's national bird, a giant panda, and a cow.   Read More »
Victoria regia
The leaves reach nine feet (almost three meters); its nocturnal blossoms are white with the first moon, and pink with the second, with a sweet aroma that will fill the night. Victoria water lilies (Victoria amazonica) are the largest in the world, and have been marveled at since first discovered in 1801. Read More »
The plants of tragedy, comedy, and history: a gallery of botanic references from the plays of William Shakespeare. Read More »
Flower urinals
A San Francisco artist is breeding a new genus of art and botany: a hybrid of man's plumbing with woman's tulips.  Read More »
Garden Design
A series of 19th-century Japanese tree panel paintings, currently on exhibit at London's Natural History Museum, depict each type of tree on a matching wood panel, combining taxonomy and art. Read More »
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