Botany: A Blooming History is a Nature programme that first aired in 2011.

Botany: A Blooming History is a 3 star programme

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Botany: A Blooming History (2011)

Series telling the story of how people came to understand the natural order of the plant world. What makes plants grow is a simple enough question, but the answer turns out to be one of the most complicated and fascinating stories in science and took over 300 years to unravel. Timothy Walker, director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden, reveals how the breakthroughs of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, Chelsea gardener Phillip Miller and English naturalist John Ray created the science of botany. Between them, these quirky, temperamental characters unlocked the mysteries of the plant kingdom, and they began to glimpse a world where bigger, better and stronger plants could be created. Nurseryman Thomas Fairchild created the world's first artificial hybrid flower - an entirely new plant that did not exist in nature. Today, botanists continue the search for new flowers, better crops and improved medicines to treat life-threatening diseases. episode 1.

Genre: Nature

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

3/5 Stars

When is Botany: A Blooming History next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 May 2nd, 12:30am and on BBC 4 May 9th, 1:00am. See more...