Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

What should a busy bot­an­ist do in the sum­mer hol­i­days? Perhaps rest if he’s been teach­ing a lot dur­ing term-time, maybe catch up on that over­due manu­script, or go trav­el­ling and get­ting some cul­ture. Well, by way of com­bin­ing plants, his­tory, cul­ture, museums and old manu­scripts I’m temp­ted to visit the Carrot Museum, which looks like it will sat­isfy all of my carrot-based needs. What’s more, it seems to be a vir­tual museum so I can stay at home where I recog­nise the food, can speak the lan­guage, and under­stand the cur­rency. How good is that!

However, mind­ful that my more mono­coto­philic col­leagues will prob­ably not endorse my dicot choice, I’m happy to share with them know­ledge of the exist­ence of an onion museum in the USA–Georgia to be more exact. And – for good meas­ure – I even have inform­a­tion about the spring onion museum (but that’s yer lot…) in Taiwan, which sounds so charm­ing it brings tears to your eyes. Aaah, sor­ted: vaca­tion planned for busy botanists!

Nigel Chaffey. ORCID 0000-0002-4231-9082

Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.