April 2021 Quiz
1. Who was the presenter of Gardeners' World from 1969 to 1976?
2. What name is given to the Japanese art of flower arranging?
3. Helianthus is another name for which flower?
4. Which television presenter and gardener owns a garden in Herefordshire called Longmeadow?
5. Often used in salads, what has the botanical name nasturtium officinale?
6. What has varieties beefsteak, plum and cherry?
7. Which tree was traditionally planted in graveyards and is associated with eternity?
8. What word is used to describe plants that like acid soil and will not grow in alkaline soils?
9. Which fruit was cultivated from crossing a blackberry and a raspberry?
90s Quiz – Below are ten events from the 1990s, one from each year. Can you remember which year was which?
1. Princess Diana died following a car crash in Paris.
2. Margaret Thatcher resigned from her post as Prime Minister.
3. Two-year-old James Bulger was abducted, tortured and killed by two ten-year-old boys.
4. O.J. Simpson was acquitted after a high-profile, televised court case.
5. The final phase of the M40 motorway, from Waterstock to Warwick, was completed and opened to the public.
6. TV presenter Jill Dando died after being shot outside her home in Fulham.
7. The ‘Good Friday Agreement’ was signed by the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
8. Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell, was born.
9. In a speech to Guildhall, Queen Elizabeth referred to this year as her ‘Annus horribilis.’
10. The first women are ordained as priests in the Church of England.
March Quiz 2021
1. Which beverage was advertised in London in 1657 as a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills?
2. What are the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world?
3. Which fruit has the highest number of calories per 100 grams?
4. From the 1500’s to the 1700’s, which plant did doctors prescribe to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, toothaches, arthritis and bad breath?
5. In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for what?
6. What was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20-year-old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner?
7. What is the world’s most widely cultivated plant; grown on every continent except Antarctica.
8. The bark of which tree provides the salicylic acid from which aspirin was originally synthesized?
9 True or false? In 1932 James Markham obtained the 1st patent issued for a tree. The patent was for an apple tree.
10. Which family of plants in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots?
11. When a coffee seed is planted, it takes how many years to yield consumable fruit?
1. Which legendary English outlaw ‘stole from the rich to give to the poor’?
2. Who played Han Solo in the ‘Star Wars’ series of films?
3.Who sang at half time at the US Super Bowl in February 2013?
4. In July 2013, who revealed that they were the secret author Robert Galbraith?
5. How many apostles are there in the painting ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci?
6, What is the first name of the older brother of British tennis player Andy Murray?
7. Not including the cellar, how many rooms are there in the board game ‘Cluedo’?
8. What is the capital of Canada?
9. Which British comedian had a ‘Big Ass’ television show?
10. What colour is Teletubby Po in the children’s television series’ Teletubbies’?
12. In the Harry Potter series of books, what animal does Sirius Black turn into?
13.The name of which English county is abbreviated to Salop?
14. The element hydrogen has which number on the Periodic Table?
15. Which famous artist spent four years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome?
16. How many time zones does Russia have?
17. What colour ribbon was ‘tied around the Ole Oak Tree’ in a 1973 hit single by Tony Orlando and Dawn?
18. In British legend, what is the name of King Arthur’s sword?
19. What was the first team sport included in the Olympic Games?
Feb Quiz 2021
1. Which flower's name comes from the Ancient Greek word for star?
2. What common name was dianthus barbatus given to honour the Duke of Cumberland's victory at the Battle of Culloden? And, in contrast, what name do the Scots sometimes call the weed noxious ragwort also in memory of the infamous Duke? (Two answers required)
3. Which plant, widespread in Britain, if touched causes a serious chemical reaction which makes skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light?
4. What is the common name for salix babylonica?
5. Which flower is also the goddess of the rainbow in Greek Mythology?
6. Most species of eucalyptus are native to which country?
7. True or false. Ericaceous plants like acid soil?
8. Who designed the Blue Peter Garden in 1974?
9. The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of famous trees in which African country?
10. Which garden in the Cotswolds is notable for its miles of sculptured hedges?
11. True or false. Tulips were once so valuable in Holland that their bulbs were worth more than gold?
12. Which king created the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
What is the common name of these plants and trees?
2 Aesculus hippocastanum
3 Buxus sempervirens
4 Hyacinthoides non-scripta
5 Hedera helix
6 Helleborus niger
7 Acer rubrum
8 Buphthalmum salicifolium
9 Spartium junceum
10 Salix babylonica
Find the horticultural theme that links the answers
11 Title connoting seniority used at universities and in the Mafia.
12 American fashion designer born in the Bronx in 1942, who made his name with jeans before branching out into watches, perfume and jewellery.
13 Derived from the medieval name “Gawain”, this word links a Welsh rugby player with the lead singer of the rock band Bush.
14 Published in January 1845, this poem about a sinister visitation made Edgar Allen Poe an overnight sensation.
15 Fast-flying migratory bird of family Apodidae, from the Latin meaning “without feet”.
16 This word connects first American Secretary of the Treasury with the capital of Bermuda.
17 One of the earliest English duchies, this was also the name of a Second World War bomber.
18 This connects a former Liverpool and England footballer with a famous wallpaper and fabrics company.
19 Oxfordshire town dating from the Anglo-Saxon era. A river of the same name is a major tributary to the Thames.
20 What is the link?
Complete the missing word from these songs
21 My eyes become large and, the light that you shine can be seen. Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a ---- on the grey
22 Why do you build me up, ----, baby just to let me down, mess me around
23 You got a reaction, you got a reaction, didn’t you? You took a white ----, you took a white ----, turned it blue
24 Need a little time to rest your mind, you know you should so I guess you might as well. What’s the story ----
25 ----, ----, every morning you greet me. Small and white. Clean and bright, you look happy to meet me
26 Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the ---- Catch the breeze and the winter chills
27 Are you going to Scarborough Fair? ----, ----, ---- and ----
28 ---- been handed down to us ---- is a flower that’s free
29 If there’s a bustle in your ----, don’t be alarmed now
30---- fields forever
31 What would a gardener do with a dibber or dibble?
32 A Kumquat is a small Japanese variety of what sort of fruit?
33 What is the largest and tallest tree in the world?
34 Where in the flowering plant does the male gamete form?
35 Which part of a flower becomes the fruit
36 What flower is named after the Botanist Dr Leonard Fuchs?
37 This spring favourite, beginning with the letter P, flowers in spring with herbaceous and tree types.
38 The Garden Museum (formerly the Museum of Garden History), site of the Tradescant family tomb, can be found adjacent to L****** Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
39 This curved grub with a brown head likes to chew on grass roots. What is it called?
40 The Prince of Wales is famous for a particular royal garden which he has created with imagination and passion over the last 38 years. Can you name it?
41 What is the name of the technique whereby potato tubers are exposed to light indoors prior to planting, to encourage early shoots to form?
42 Which of the following is botanically a vegetable? a. Tomato; b. Courgette; c. Aubergine; d. Rhubarb
43 Can you identify the missing six-letter word of the nuisance Powdery ****** from this description? A common problem of asters and chrysanthemums as well as various vegetables most prevalent in warm, dry weather.
44 What type of fruit are the following: calamondin, kabosu, kumquat, meyer and ugli fruit?
45 The botanical name given to a plant can help a gardener to understand its key attributes. If a plant has the descriptive word somnifera in its name, what effect would you expect it to have if eaten or smelled?