A fun “plant of the day” widget



My mentee Ron just alerted me to the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden’s Botany Photo of the Day project, which appears on your computer desktop via a special widget you can download here. Unfortunately it is just for Macs, but I don’t feel too terrible about that as we are usually on the other end of this equation. I’d love all software to fit all operating systems, though.

You click on your dashboard (secret Mac talk) and you get the widget, which shows you a small photo of the plant. Then you click on that and get a bigger image and all the info. A nice way to learn about a different plant every single day of the 365. Above you see
Strelitzia nicolai, which was Miss December 4. The photo is by David Tarrant.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. This is an excellent site; I read it every day. It is sent to me via email; perhaps old fashioned but effective. If one wants to learn about some weird as well as common plants and gain access to some truly excellent links, read this regularly.

  2. BPOTD is awesome; some really arcane, neat plants pop up there; the sort of thing you won’t find in your local Home Depot….of course I may be biased cos Daniel’s used my photos a few times.

  3. Other folks could subscribe to the RSS feed (much like I do for this blog ;-). It appears in my iGoogle Garden tab and has the same content. Then I can enjoy it at home on my Mac and at work on my PC.

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