June 1, 1899

By - Systems Librarian May 13th, 2013

Everything’s coming up roses:

The botany section of the Scientific Association has found between April 20, and May 20, seventy-one varieties of the flowering plants and trees. The greatest number found on a single walk was forty-three.

New Reference Book: The Book of Fungi

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 15th, 2012

The Book of Fungi: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World by Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans, University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 579.5 R54b

600 fungi are pictured and given a full page of treatment.  Includes family, distribution and spore color among other fungi facts.


  • Copper Spike
  • The Deceiver
  • Hairy Hexagon
  • Lea’s Orange Bonnet
  • Rhubarb Bolete

Helpful for: Ecology, Biology, Eco-Action, Botany

March 26, 1894

By - Systems Librarian March 26th, 2012

The fragrance of spring:

Another school record broken!  A flower in full blossom (the skunk cabbage) was found by a botany walk on March 15.  This is the earliest date on which a flower has been found during the School’s history, and is a sure sign that spring will come a fortnight earlier than usual.

New Reference Book: The Encyclopedia of Herbs

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 12th, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance by Arthur O. Tucker and Thomas Debaggio, Timber Press, 2010.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 635 T79E

Noted as a best Reference of 2009 by Library Journal.

An alphabetical list of of herbs meant to identify and describe cultivation and uses.  Examples include:

  • Artemisia
  • Cymbopogon citratus
  • Lavandula
  • Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Thymus
  • Zingiber mioga

Helpful for
:  Botany, Science, Fine Arts, Herbology