Plants Chat!

“….experiment showed not only that plants can learnby association — which is pexels-photo-255441.jpegastounding in itself — but also how easily humans underestimate plants. “We are plant blind,”…. Monica Gagliano Ecologist University of Western Australia

There was a very interesting article written by Marta Zaraska in the May 2017 issue of Discover Magazine about the ongoing research on plant behaviors. Gagliano, and other researchers, are discovering how plants talk to each other,  and not only do plants learn by association, but they remember and make decisions. They recognize family members, learn language from their parents, support other plants and warn each other. Some plants even count. They are “brainier than you think”!

Read the full article here….

http://discovermagazine.com/2017/may-2017/smarty-plants

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AGC Book Club Reading List for 2012 – 2014

BOOK GROUP AUTHOR & TITLES 2012

DIFFENBAUGH, VANESSA :   THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
STEWART, AMY:   FROM THE GROUND UP
SEARLE, EVELYN:   TO THE WOODS
SHIELD, CAROLE:   LARRY’S PARTY
KIMBELL, KRISTEN:   THE DIRTY LIFE
THAXTER, CELIA:   AN ISLAND GARDEN
HANDELSMAN, JUDITH:   GROWING MYSELF
PRESTON, RICHARD:   THE WILD TREES

BOOK GROUP AUTHOR & TITLES 2013

MONTEFIORE, SANTA:   THE MERMAID GARDEN
COOPER, THOMAS:   THE ROOTS OF MY OBSESSION
HEAVEY, TARA:   WINTER BLOOM
MITCHELL, HENRY:   ONE MAN’S GARDEN
TSUKIYAMA, GAIL:   THE SAMAURI’S GARDEN
GOODMAN, RICHARD:   FRENCH DIRT
WULF, ANDREA:   FOUNDING GARDENERS
SEALE, WILLIAM:   THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN

THE GARDEN OF READING; AN ANTHOLOGY OF 20TH CENTURY SHORT FICTION ABOUT GARDENS AND GARDENERS

BOOK GROUP TITLES 2014

STEWART, AMY:   WICKED PLANTS
ABBEY, EDWARD:   DESERT SOLITAIRE
AMIRREZVANI, ANITA:   BLOOD OF FLOWERS
MITCHELL, HENRY:   ESSENTIAL EARTHMAN
ENG, TAN TWAN:   GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS
BARILLA, JAMES:   MY BACKYARD JUNGLE
GILBERT, ELIZABETH:   THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
LINK, MARDI JO:   BOOTSTRAPPER: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Two books/two Authors :  ROBBINS, JIM:   THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
GIONO, JEAN:   THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES