Albert Spear Hitchcock

The Manuel of Grasses December 16, 1935  Today is the anniversary of the death of the botanist and agrostologist Albert Spear Hitchcock. During a trip to Ecuador, Albert took a marvelous photo of an Espeletia with the common name Frailejones (“Fray-lay-HOE-ness”) or Big Monks. These large plants are in the sunflower family, and they are…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a botanist remembered for his work with Pears and Camellias. We’ll also learn about a botanist who specialized in grasses and traveled extensively to collect them. We’ll learn about the work of a forensic botanist back in the early 1980s. We take a moment to savor December – courtesy of a verse…

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