André Michaux

Long-Live Love and Loyalty March 8, 1746 Today is the birthday of the French botanist and explorer André Michaux. Most people think of André Michaux as the accomplished old botanist, but I always prefer to recall the beginning of his story because that’s what set him on his course. André grew up on a royal…

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Today we celebrate a French botanist and explorer who became an accomplished botanist after losing his wife. We’ll also learn about the man remembered in the late spring/summer-flowering genus Roscoea (ross-COE-ee-uh), which includes extremely fragrant herbaceous perennials in the Zingiberaceae “Zin- jah-bah-RAY-see-ee” or ginger family. We hear an excerpt from a delightful book about pruning…

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Andre Michaux

The Rhododendron minus December 4, 1788 On this day, Andre Michaux made his way from Georgia into South Carolina by crossing the Tugalo River. In his journal, Michaux wrote: “At dawn, I went to look at the banks of the river, and I recognized the yellow root, [a new species of rhododendron], mountain laurel, hydrangea,…

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Today we celebrate the botanist who discovered the Rhododenrun minus growing in South Carolina. We’ll also learn about the young German botanist who died on the Niger Expedition after valiantly trying to keep his plants alive. We’ll recognize an Irish doctor who was one of the first people to discover the greenhouse effect. We salute…

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Today we celebrate the gardener and writer who turns 91 today. We’ll also learn about the man who created the world’s smallest rose garden. We’ll recognize the lost work of an American botanist and painter. We salute November with an excerpt from a book by an American historical crime novelist. We Grow That Garden Library™…

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Andre Michaux

First Glance of a River Plant On this day in 1788, Andre Michaux made his way from Georgia into South Carolina by crossing the Tugalo River. In his journal, Michaux wrote: “At dawn, I went to look at the banks of the river and I recognized the yellow root, [a new species of rhododendron], mountain…

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Today we celebrate one of the first botanists to explore South Carolina and a German botanist who met his end during the 1841 Expedition to Niger. We’ll learn about the man who discovered why the sky is blue, and one of Australia’s top garden designers, in addition to the monument to one of Australia’s greatest…

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