Alfred Lord Tennyson

Forever Garden November 19, 1850  Today is the anniversary of the death of the English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alfred was the fourth of twelve children in his family, and he became one of the most well-loved Victorian poets. Today, Alfred’s walled garden on the Isle of Wight is still available for walk-throughs. Both Alfred’s…

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Today we celebrate the English poet who often wrote of the Natural World and the garden. We’ll also learn about the man who coined the term “Landscape Architect.” We’ll read a letter written by a garden writer about the last flowers in her fall garden. We’ll learn about the Canadian botanist and writer who had…

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Today we remember the man who helped to establish the Natural History Museum in Vienna. We’ll also learn about the Swedish botanist who specialized in mycology. We salute the American botanist who wrote the Calendarian – a marvelous phenological record. We also recognize a fanciful botanical illustrator who anthropomorphized flowers in his book. We honor…

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The Brook

by Alfred Lord Tennyson I come from haunts of coot and hern,    I make a sudden sally And sparkle out among the fern,    To bicker down a valley. By thirty hills I hurry down,    Or slip between the ridges, By twenty thorpes, a little town,    And half a hundred bridges. Till last by Philip’s farm,…

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

by Alfred Lord Tennyson  If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.   Note: On this day in 1850, the British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, became the Poet Laureate. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most…

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John Stewart Blackie

When I was researching Tennyson, I came across a story about a fan of his named Professor John Stewart Blackie.   Blackie was a Scottish scholar known for his wit and kindness, as well as his flamboyance.   In 1864, in one of his letters, Blackie described what it was like meeting Tennyson:   “The…

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Well, the time we’ve waited for all year is here; it’s time to harvest tomatoes. I want to give you just a quick word of caution when it comes to harvesting your tomatoes. As gardeners, sometimes we wait too long to collect them. Sometimes that can be unintentional, and other times, we think that letting…

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

by Alfred Lord Tennyson O sound to rout the brood of cares, The sweep of scythe in morning dew, The gust that round the garden flew,  And tumbled half the mellowing pears!   Note:  Today is the birthday of Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was born on this day in 1809. Tennyson was the fourth of…

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