Ada Hayden

The Iowa State Botanist Today is the birthday of botanist Ada Hayden. Ada was the curator of the Iowa State University herbarium. As a young girl growing up in Ames, Iowa, she fell in love with the flora surrounding her family’s home. Ada was a talented photographer, artist, and writer, and she put all of…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a historic elm tree in Boston. And we remember the Romantic English poet who went by L.E.L. We’ll also learn about the magazine that helped launch the National Audubon Society. We salute the Scottish nurseryman who elevated to the top echelons of British horticulture. We also remember the Iowa botanist who dedicated…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today, August 14, is Saint Werenfrid’s Day.  Werenfrid is the patron saint of vegetable gardens. He is often portrayed as a priest holding up a ship with a coffin in it or displayed as a priest laid to rest in his ship. Werenfrid is also invoked for gout and stiff joints, which, if you’re a…

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