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June 2023 Newsletter

Engage  |  Research |  Learn  |  Garden  |  Plant

Engage: With the FWBG | BRIT Community

Research: From Plant to Planet

Why All the Latin? Taxonomy, Binomial Nomenclature and Carl Linnaeus

When you visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, you will notice signs identifying the plants. In the Japanese Garden, for example, you will see signs that read “Acer palmatum (Japanese maple).” Many people know that the part of the name in italics is the formal name of the plant, written in Latin (more or less.) Some people might even know that Acer palmatum is the genus and species of the tree more commonly known as Japanese maple. But why? What is the purpose of giving plants names in a dead language?

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Learn: Stay Curious

Cyanotype image in blue and white of leaves by photographer Edgar Miller

Beauty in Blue: Exploring the Earliest Form of Photography, Cyanotypes

A cyanotype is a magical thing. White shapes emerge ghost-like against an indigo-blue background, revealing a negative image in a striking monochrome palette. Cyanotypes also carry a rich history of the earliest experiments in photography–and yet they are remarkably easy to create. You can learn all about cyanotypes and create your own magical blue images in an upcoming workshop with Fort Worth photographer Edgar Miller.

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Garden: What's in Bloom

Plant: The Seeds of an Environmental STEM Education

Seniorita Mariposa Storywalk on Pollinator Pathway

Talk a Walk Through a Book on the Garden’s Pollinator Pathway

School is out for the summer, and caregivers are always looking for fun activities to keep kids happy, busy–and learning. One suggestion from the Garden’s family education team: go on a StoryWalk®. “In a StoryWalk, the pages of a book are placed along a pathway to propel the reader along,” says Early Childhood Program Manager Cheryl Potemkin. “It makes reading an active experience involving movement, attention and reflection.”

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Monarch butterly on purple flower
Carl Linneas aka Carl von Linne
Black-eyed susans blooming along the Pollinator Pathway
Cyanotype of algae by Anna Atkins 1843