The surprising way Jack-in-the-Pulpit initiates pollination…

By Sarah Kyker, HF&G Research Associate Some of the most fun stories we have in science are about surprising discoveries. Most people think of these as “eureka” moments. We can picture a scientist in a lab seeing something unexpected and shouting with excitement. “Eureka!” But, in science, these “eureka” moments don’t really exist. When we […]

Science on Friday: Plant–pollinator interactions and the role of the flower microbiome in crabapples

By Na Wei, Holden Research Scientist Today we are continuing our story of ornamental apples (crabapples). Plants are living in a microbial world. They interact not only with microbes in the soil but also the ones living in their flowers. These microbial partners can be beneficial or harmful, and thus hold the key for plant […]

Woman Coding

Coding in plant biology, who knew?

By Juliana Medeiros, Plant Biologist I never viewed myself as a math person, let alone a computer coder. I have always loved nature, animals and plants, these are what drew me to plant biology. But somehow, coding has become one of my favorite parts of my research at Holden Forests & Gardens. Looking back, maybe it […]

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Renew Respectful Connections to the Natural World

“Perhaps as we are forced now to pause from our normal routine and the connections with our human communities, we can take the time to explore and rekindle new connections to nature and the life we share this planet with.” -David Burke, Ph.D., Vice President for Science and Conservation, Holden Forests & Gardens I am […]