Wonderful quote from William Burchell, Cape Town, 1812: “The profuse variety which Flora has strewn over this her favoured country, inspired me with the most agreeable sensations, and created new ardour and activity“ South Africa is the 3rd most mega-diverse country after Brazil and Indonesia.
‘T(antalus) is the very principle of science that Nature shows herself best in leasts; it was the maxim of Aristotle and Lucretius; and, in modern times, of Swedenborg and of Hahnemann” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1870 via Literary Greats who advocated for homeopathy.
“…green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart” – Russell Page, The Education of the Gardener
“The plant will have nourished the mind which contemplates the blooming of its flower” Luce Irigaray – Elemental Passions
“Biophilia and biognosis are natural capacities of all human beings. It is not necessary to formally study, to have advanced degrees, to be in established institutions in order to develop, hone, use or refine biophilia or deepen it into biognosis … Sophisticated information about Earth and the interrelationship of its ecosystems and biota is available …
“The accelerated development of biological research in the direction of genetic engineering, that investigates the visible realm in order to achieve mastery over the processes of nature – this unavoidable development will result in a horrifying impoverishment of our relationship to nature if we do not begin immediately to take to heart the value of …
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
How to Study Plants, or as Goethe put it: Exact Sense Perception, Exact Sensorial Imagination, Seeing in Beholding!