The Ensonglopedia of Plants

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Created: 2018-11-08 13:35
Institution: Botanic Garden
Description: The Ensonglopedia of Plants was commissioned from composer, performer and science communicator, John Hinton, to celebrate the completion of the Rising Path project at the Botanic Garden. The Rising Path is an exciting new venture which offers a new perspective on the Garden's historic Systematic Beds. John has woven together science, history, fable and folklore to give his unique iand highly entertaining take on ten key plant families grown on the Systematic Beds: the buttercups, the mustards, the roses, the peas, the carrots, the daisies, the irises, the grasses, the nightshades and the mints. The ten songs, which range in style from traditional to trance are introduced by Theme for a Systematic Garden which brilliantly summarises and sometimes satirises how plant taxonomy, the science of classifying plants, has changed since the Systematic Beds were laid out in 1846. Download the Ensonglopedia of Plants and enjoy a unique musical journey through the Garden's Systematic Beds.
 

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Theme for a Systematic Garden

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The introductory song to The Ensonglopedia of Plants in which the challenges of sorting plants in a post-DNA world are discussed. We meet Andrew Murray, the Garden's first...

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Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Cut me up a buttercup

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Page one of de Candolle's 1813 textbook concerned the buttercup, which is why we all learnt the buttercup in biology at school, even though there is nothing standard about a...

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Hot Dang! The Mustard Song

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In this song about the mustard family set in a take-away, we discover why so many are so darn hot!

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Thorny, thorny, thorny

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Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? We never get close enough to find out - they're just thorny, thorny, thorny....

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


La Fable Sur La Femme Et Le Fabaceae

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A retelling of the Princess and the Pea in a post #metoo age

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Mr Carrot

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We meet Mr Carrot and his vast family of herbal helpers including Dr Dill and Nurse Caraway.....

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Daisy, daisy

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Give me your answer do... Just how many flowers are there in a daisy?

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Flowers Of The Rainbow (in praise of iris)

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A meditation on the iris and the rainbow in belief

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


The Bladerunners (imagine if we got off our grasses)

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An exploration of all the grass family members we depend on for food and shelter

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Let's Call The Whole Thing Nightshade

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I say aubergine, you say eggplant....

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Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018


Basil, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

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Why has poor old parsley been booted out of this traditional song?

Collection: The Ensonglopedia of Plants

Institution: Botanic Garden

Created: Thu 8 Nov 2018