Our first meeting of 2018 was the return of the highly enjoyable quiz. It wasn’t a particularly nice night, but a good number of members turned up, ready and waiting to show (or explain away) the extent of their gardening knowledge.
How about a few test questions? Answers are at the end of the post.
1. Charles Darwin described this carnivorous plant as the most wonderful plant in the world. What is it?
2. Harry Wheatcroft was a renowned breeder of what?
3. Aspen is from what family of trees?
4. What is pomology the study of?
5. Britain’s oldest botanic garden is found in which town?
6. Which two plants, when crossed, form the hybrid Tayberry?
7. What name was given to the UK campaign during World War II encouraging people to grow their own vegetables?
8. Which fairly widespread plant can, if touched, cause a serious chemical reaction when the skin is exposed to UV light?
And how about some common names for these?
9. Buxus sempervirens
10. Helleborus niger
11. Aesculus hippocastanum
12. Leucanthemum ‘Superbum’
13. Spartium junceum
14. Salix babylonica
15. Hyacinthoides non-scripta
And then some anagrams for ‘gardening-related things’, which had us scratching our heads – unless we had experienced crossword addicts on the team…
16. Bra Where Owl
17. Tailor Curl Hut
18. Teapot Dose
19. Frank Gored
20. Tattoos Weep
21. New Corset
Hearty congratulations to Team Tomato, who won. Highly appropriately, as one of the first questions was ‘the “love apple” is the original name for what?’. Yes – the tomato.
1.Venus Fly Trap. 2. Roses. 3. Poplars. 4. Fruit. 5. Oxford. 6. Raspberry x Loganberry. 7. Dig for Victory. 8. Giant Hogweed. 9. Box. 10. Christmas Rose. 11. Horse Chestnut. 12. Shasta Daisy. 13. Spanish broom. 14. Weeping willow 15. Bluebell. 16. Wheelbarrow. 17. Horticultural. 18. Seed potato. 19. Garden fork. 20. Sweet potato. 21. Sweetcorn.