Wendell Berry

Today, we honor the poetry of Wendell Erdman Berry, an American author whose extraordinary nature poetry grew out of his experiences as a farmer.  Berry is responsible for so many beautiful quotes and poems. It was challenging to pick just a few. Here are some of my favorites: “Eating is an agricultural act.” “Better than…

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William Watson

Today is the birthday of the Victorian poet William Watson who was born on this day in 1858. Watson was overlooked two times for the role of poet laureate because he had included his political views about the government’s policy regarding South Africa and Ireland into some of his poetry. Late in his life, he…

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Lord Byron

Here are a few words from Lord Byron: The English winter, ending in July To recommence in August.   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Lord Byron

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Hewett Cottrell Watson

#OTD It’s the birthday of botanist Hewett Cottrell Watson, the father of British plant geography born today in 1804. Watson investigated the variability of British plant species across their ranges & compared the flora of Britain to the Azores. In recognition of his exceptional contributions, the Botanical Society of the British Isles named their journal…

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Sir David Attenborough

It’s the birthday of famed naturalist and television personality Sir David Attenborough who was born today in 1926, in a suburb of London, England. It was Sir David Attenborough who all of these marvelous quotes: “I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored.” “There are some four…

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Rabindranath Tagore

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”  ~ Rabindranath Tagore, born on this day in 1861 As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Rabindranath Tagore Black-Eyed Susan

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society

#OTD  On this day The annual meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society was held at Horticultural Hall at 3:00 p.m. on May 6, 1946.  Here’s an excerpt from their delightful minutes: From the President’s Address: At the end of the war, we were met with this question, “Will interest in gardening continue to grow or…

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Stonewall Jackson

#OTD Today, (May 2) in 1863, Stonewall Jackson was shot by his own men, and I thought his life story contained many moving passages.   An article in the Washington Post, called “Stonewall Jackson had a soft side”, revealed that just before the start of the civil war, Jackson had developed a love for gardening.…

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Phoebe Hinsdale Brown

May 1st is the birthday of the poet Phoebe Hinsdale Brown, poet, who was born at Canaan, New York, in 1783, of New England parentage. A religious woman, she was the first notable American female hymn-writer. The story of how she came to compose the lines, ” I love to steal awhile away from every…

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David Douglas

#OTD On this day in 1827, Scottish botanist David Douglas (Sponsored by Sir William Hooker), took a break from collecting for the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow. He was lagging behind the others in his party as he was making his way through the Athabasca Pass west of present-day Jasper, Alberta, Canada. On a whim,…

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Mary Gilmore Side

Here’s a beloved poem about Botany Bay from Australian Mary Gilmore (1865 – 1962). #OTD On this day (April 29) in 1770, Captain James Cook sailed into a large harbor on the coast of what would become known as Sydney, Australia; he named it Botany Bay. In Mary’s poem, you’ll hear the words ‘knotted hands’ –…

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Aphra Behn (Books By This Author), the first professional woman playwright in Britain, whose novel ‘Oroonoko,’ played a crucial role in the development of English fiction, was buried in Westminster Abbey #OTD in 1689. Virginia Woolf wrote: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who…

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Agnes Falconer

Here’s a brief poem from Agnes Falconer called Windflowers. (Windflower is the common name for Anemone blanda). “So frail are we, pale are we, Mist-thin, ghost-white — Hark o’er us, spring’s chorus Trills all life’s delight! And no leaf stirs in all the wood Yet see! our blossoms quiver! Dance these not in thy solitude —…

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Henry Van Dyke

Here’s a little verse from Fisherman’s Luck by Henry Van Dyke from 1899. “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful…

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