By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Science on Tap is a monthly meet-up with a short presentation by an expert followed by lively conversation – this means you.

Coming up on Monday, the discussion will be ‘A Guide to Amateur Plant Breeding,’ where you can learn how lots of 20th century home gardeners created their own new varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables by trying everything from standard methods of selection and hybridization – like pollinating plants with a Q-tip – to more exotic efforts such as exposing flowerbuds to radioisotopes.

Brought to you by a consortium of five fabulous Philadelphia institutions – the Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Philosophical Society Museum, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science; Science on Tap, presents science topics in a relaxed and spirited way, so it’s not surprising these get-togethers take place at a bar – National Mechanics on South 3rd Street in Old City – and anyone over 21 is welcome.

So, Monday, June 11th at 6 PM, feel free to stop by to pick up some tips on how you can create new plant varieties in your own garden.