Well, it’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for, the results of the Roots and All festive quiz!
So who gets the bragging rights for 2019? Drum roll, please…
And the winner is…
Tim Howell! With a grand total of 13 points. Congratulations, Tim, you’re the well-deserved King of the Quiz!!
And in second place, we have a tie! Sarah Prescott and ‘Alan Boobmarsh’ are joint runners up with a commendable 12 points each, well done!
So that’s it. If you entered and didn’t get a mention on the roll of honour this year, please try again next year when I’m sure I’ll be able to rustle up a prize because let’s face it, you’ll deserve one. (This year’s quiz obviously was a bit of a stinker as nobody managed to get full points.) Please direct any complaints or quibbles to email@example.com and I’ll be sure to ignore them ;-).
Thanks to everyone who entered, here are the questions and answers in full:
1. To the nearest thousand, how many species are there in the Asteraceae family? 32,581
(This answer tripped a lot of people up. The figure I used is one published in 2017 by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, so I went with them as the voice of authority).
2. Madagascar has 11,138 native vascular plant species. To the nearest ten, what percentage of those plants occur only in Madagascar and nowhere else on earth? 83%
3. In what can be only be described as a curious attempt to present a friendly visage to the public, which internationally recognised brand is coming out of left field to sponsor a garden at next year’s Chelsea Flower Show? Facebook
4. In Episode 13 of the podcast, Angela Tandy of Fibrex Nurseries reveals her two favourite ivies. What are they? You get a point for each. Hedera helix ‘Anita’ & Hedera hibernica ‘Spetchley’
5. The latin name of the traditional Christmas plant, the Poinsettia, is Euphorbia pulcherrima. But what does pulcherrima mean when translated into English? Very beautiful
6. In 2016, 220 plant or plant-derived items were seized at Heathrow airport. One group of plants made up 29% of all those seized. Which group of plants was it? Orchids
7. In Episode 7 of the podcast on Trees, which tree did I say I would plant on the front lawn of my French chateaux, when I get it? Cedar of Lebanon
8. Which rose shares its name with a UK women’s clothing retailer? Dorothy Perkins
9. This is a question inspired by Episode 12 of the podcast where I interviewed Esiah Levy about his SeedsShare project. There’s a bean, which if left to mature, its markings resemble a symbol associated with Chinese philosophy. Can you give me the name of this bean, I’ll accept either its binomial name, or one of the three common names it goes by. Phaseolus vulgaris, or Yin Yang, Calypso or Orca bean.
10. Which out of this world, UK garden is only open for the public to visit one day each year? The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, designed by Charles Jencks
11. In which podcast might you hear the claim that “houseplants need hot loving too”? On The Ledge by Jane Perrone
12. To the nearest thousand, how many plant species worldwide are classified as invasive? 6075
13. In the Budcast episode released on the 11th December, I mentioned Australia’s largest tree that was destroyed in 2003 by careless forestry work. The tree was a Eucalyptus regnans, but what was it affectionately nicknamed? El Grande
14. This genus is a Christmas favourite that could also be how Superman’s nemesis refers to himself? Ilex
15. Is another podcast related question. Which gardening presenter promises you’ll be back to the weeding in 45 minutes at the beginning of each show? Eric Robson – BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time
Thanks again to all who entered. Anyone interested in entering the 2019 quiz should probably start revising now…