Episodes

November 12, 2019 Gardening Zodiac Signs, Stolen Compost, Australia’s Most Popular Indoor Plant, The Savill Garden Sculptures, Bougainville, Eschscholtz, Arthur Shurcliff, Orchids, Pedro Dot, Herbal Tea Gardens by Marietta Marshall Marcin, Forcing Bulbs, and Mavis Batey

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Today we celebrate the French admiral and explorer who had a female botanist posing as a male valet on his voyage. We’ll learn about the botanist who is remembered by the State Flower of California and the Landscape Architect who restored the entire Landscape of Colonial Williamsburg. We’ll learn about the Spanish rose breeder who…

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November 11, 2019 Kashmir Paradise, Orchids with Alys Fowler, Perennial Garden Care, Jean-Baptiste Van Mons, Chrysanthemums, the Leonids, Carl Peter Thunberg, Beverley Nichols, Gardening for Butterflies by The Xerces Society, Staking Trees, and Elizabeth Coleman White

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Today we celebrate the botanist who bred more than 40 types of pears – including our most popular varieties. We’ll learn about the cultural meanings associated with the chrysanthemum and the Swedish botanist who posed as a Dutchman to botanize in Japan. We’ll hear some thoughts on November from one of my favorite garden writers…

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November 8, 2019 Dividing Perennials, Kew’s Agius Garden, Medieval Herb Gardens, Tree Intelligence, Victoria Cruziana, Kate Sessions, Vavilov Seed Bank, Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve, Covent Gardens, How to Know the Ferns by Frances Theodora Parsons, Bar Carts, and Botanical Stamps

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Today we celebrate the plant named in honor of Queen Victoria and the President of Peru and Bolivia. We’ll learn about the Mother of Balboa Park and how the world seed bank was saved during WWII. We’ll hear the Garden Poem that celebrates the end of Apple Picking Season. We Grow That Garden Library with a book…

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November 7, 2019 An Ingenious Compost Bin, Hedge Planting Advice, Six Hardy Annuals to Sow Now, Winter’s Day, Warren Manning, Willis Linn Jepson, Irvin Williams, Ruth Pitter, Thoreau, Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine White, Outdoor Rugs, and Norman Taylor

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Today we celebrate the Landscape Architect, who left a mark on over 50 towns in the United States.  We’ll learn about The Botany Man, who helped start The Sierra Club. We’ll hear beautiful words about the mists of November from two of the world’s best nature writers. We Grow That Garden Library with the book written by…

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November 6, 2019 Modern Monochromatic Wedding Flowers, Saving Seeds, Bernard de Jussieu, Alice Lounsberry, Gladys Tabor, Vertical Vegetables by Amy Andrychowicz, Burying Hardy Succulents, and HB Frank Kingdon Ward

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Today we celebrate the Versailles botanist who started organizing plants in a new way but kept his method a secret. We’ll learn about the young New Yorker and garden writer who met the perfect botanical illustrator for her garden books in the hospital as she was battling influenza. We’ll hear some glorious thoughts on November…

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November 5, 2019 Small Garden Ideas on a Budget, Best Plants for November, Garden Wedding at Waterford, Humphrey Marshall, John Redfield, Botanicum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, Winterizing your Pressure Washer, and Otter Troubles

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Today we celebrate the botanist who created the second botanical garden in the United States and the botanist who was a dear friend to Asa Gray and was with him as he saw first hand one of the most sought after plants of the 1800s. We’ll hear some words about the falling leaves and autumn…

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November 4, 2019 Color for the Winter Garden, Favorite Ginkgo Varieties, Houseplant Trend, Thoreau on Autumn, Janaki Ammal, Arizona Palm, The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin, Spigots Off, and Benedict Roezl

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Today we celebrate fall through the eyes of a writer and naturalist from the year 1855 and the botanist honored with building on the University of Glasgow. We’ll learn about the Indian botanist who bred a new species of sugar cane and the Arizona Palm – yes, it does exist! We’ll hear some November Poems.  …

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November 1, 2019 National Fig Week, November Garden Treasures, What to do with your Pumpkins, Carl Linnaeus, Charles Eliot, John Lindley, Russell Page, The Gardens of Russell Page by Gabrielle Zulen, Dahlias, and a Story from Halesworth

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Today we celebrate the botanist who is considered the Father of Taxonomy and the young Landscape Architect who learned by taking weekly walking tours of gardens. We’ll learn about the botanist who saved Kew Garden and the most famous garden designer you’ve never heard of We’ll listen to a little garden folklore for November and…

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October 31, 2019 Four Herbs for Women, 10 Black Foliage Plants, John Evelyn, John Keats, Andrew Jackson Downing, Richard Morris Hunt, Charles Totty, The Best of Thymes by Marge Clark, Cover Crops and Short Sunflowers

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Today we celebrate the gardener who had his home and garden trashed by the Russian Czar and the poet who wrote one of his most famous poems under the plum tree in his garden. We’ll learn about the American Landscape Architect who never lived to see the big park he dreamed of, and we’ll learn…

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October 30, 2019 Aging Gardeners, Healthy Food, Piet Oudolf, Alfred Sisley, George Plummer Burns, Cherry Ingram, Alice Eastwood, A Song of October, She Sheds Style by Erika Kotite, Leaf Compost Bin, and Elizabeth Lawrence

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Today we celebrate the impressionist Landscape painter who included kitchen gardens as a subject and the botanist who gave a speech in 1916 about his four rules of home landscaping. We’ll learn about the English botanist who saved many varieties of Japanese cherry from extinction and the botanist who braved the destruction of the 1906…

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October 29, 2019 Redesigning Your Garden, Preparing for Winter, Sir Walter Raleigh, Augustin Gattinger, William Chapman, Jamie Taggert, Carl Sandburg, Sowing Beauty by James Hitchmough, a Garden-Themed Thanksgiving, and the Ayurvedic Principals for Gardeners

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Today we celebrate the botanist who was allowed to tend a garden while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. We’ll learn about the Pioneer botanist of Tennessee and the botanist who used his love of trees to shape an optimistic view of humanity. We’ll also celebrate Jamie Taggert, the young Scottish botanist,…

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October 28, 2019 Missouri Botanical Garden New Visitor Center, CalRecycle’s Get Started with Composting, Alphonse de Candolle, Kate Brandegee, Gulie Lister, Edwin James, October’s Party, The Art of Gardening by Chanticleer, Feeding Winter Birds, and Finlay’s Little Sparta

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Today we celebrate the Swiss botanist known as the father of geographical botany and the American botanist who went on a 500-mile nature walk for her honeymoon. And, just in time for Halloween, we’ll learn about the botanist who followed in her father’s footsteps to study slime mold. And, we’re coming up on the 200th…

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October 25, 2019 Gardening for Mental Health, Supporting Farmer’s Markets, Bertrand de Molleville, Odoardo Beccari, Martinus Beijerinck, Bernard Verdcourt, Bliss Cameron, Flowers in the Kitchen by Susan Belsinger, Garden Collections, and Thoughts on Autumn by William Taylor

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Today we celebrate the Frenchman who designed the very first secateurs or pruners and the Italian orphan who grew up to discover the corpse flower. We’ll learn about the Dutch botanist who was trying to figure out what was going on with his tobacco plants and made a significant discovery for science. We’ll hear the…

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October 24, 2019 An 11-Story Monarch Mural, What Landscape Architects Wish You Knew, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Marianne North, Margaret Owen, Emily Dickinson, The Daylily by Peat and Petit, Plants to Cut Back, and A Fancy from Fontanelle

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Today we celebrate the scientist who set the stage for Plant Anatomy and the amazing botanical illustrator Marianne North who traveled the world, capturing exotic flowers with her magnificent oil paintings. We also celebrate Margaret Owen, the English galanthophile and gardener we lost five years ago today. We’ll hear some thoughts from Emily Dickinson about…

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