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Today we celebrate the man who introduced tulips to Holland and the botanist who was supposed to become Carl Linnaeus’s son-in-law — but didn’t. We’ll also learn about the botanist who loved New Brunswick. Today’s Unearthed Words feature words about winter – and bees in winter. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book that…

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Anna Pavord

The Curious Gardener Today is the birthday of the garden writer Anna Pavord.  In her 2010 book, The Curious Gardener, Pavord, culled articles from her newspaper column. Here’s an excerpt: “It was at our first house and on the first patch of ground that we actually owned that I really discovered the point of gardening.…

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Folklore and legends are often intertwined with plants and gardens. Today I stumbled on a Swedish Legend called “The Harvest That Never Came,” and I thought you’d get a kick out of it. The story has been used in lesson plans to teach kids problem-solving. I’m going to abbreviate it a bit, but I’ll share…

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The Naming of Names by Anna Pavord

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast: Today’s book recommendation: The Naming of Names by Anna Pavord A few words to describe this book: Gorgeous. Indispensable. Pavord traces the history of plant taxonomy from the ancient Greeks to 17th-century British botanist John Ray. I’m down with anything by Pavord – and you can get used…

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Emerson once wrote, “To science there is no poison; To botany no weed; To chemistry no dirt.” As much as I like this quote, I know most gardeners will beg to differ. To gardeners, there are weeds. As I mentioned in an earlier episode this month, we often forget one key variable in gardening; the…

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