Botanic Notables: Plants of The Hunger Games

November 18, 2013
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Editor’s Note: When The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire opens this Friday, early reviews say the dramatic and subversive storyline will not disappoint its ravenous fans. In anticipation, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy.

“Plants are tricky. Many are edible, but one false mouthful and your dead” —The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Botanic Notables: Quintessentially Mediterranean Quercus

November 13, 2013
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This oak bears truly unique bark for interest at eye level that's even better at night when uplighting creates shadows that bring out all the furrows and textures.

An Underground Mushroom Garden in London

November 20, 2012
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Perceived as exotic and difficult to grow, prized for their unique textures and taste, mushrooms are something of an orchid and an oyster. Edible fungi are beloved by gourmands, and many varieties grow within reach of a foraging basket, if you know where to look.

Botanic Notables: Purple-Leaf Plum Tree

March 30, 2012
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Pale confetti blows through the sidewalks, and a riot of pink blossoms fill the streets—it's springtime, and the cherry plum (purple-leaf) trees are delighted. Here in Portland, the ornamental trees are a lovely disruption to the gray monochrome of early spring skies. They are everywhere—a pink promise of spring, one that is now blooming across Oregon, Washington, California, and New England, as well as Ireland, England, other temperate European climates, and Australia and western Asia.

Botanic Notables: Urban Forager Steve "Wildman" Brill

July 01, 2011
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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson