Archibald Menzies

The Monkey Puzzle Tree and The Piggyback Plant March 15, 1754 Today is the birthday of the Scottish surgeon, botanist, and naturalist Archibald Menzies. Now there’s a famous story about Archibald that goes something like this: One time, Joseph Banks sent Archibald on an expedition. At some point, Joseph ended up dining with the leadership…

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Today we celebrate the man who introduced Europe to the Piggyback Plant – it’s now a popular houseplant. We’ll also learn about the man who was an early evangelist for gardening and working with Mother Nature. We hear an excerpt from a book by a celebrated plantsman as he discusses a beloved snow gum tree.…

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Archibald Menzies

Monkey Puzzle Man February 15, 1842 Today is the anniversary of the death of the Scottish surgeon, botanist, and naturalist Archibald Menzies. The famous story about Archibald goes something like this: Once, Joseph Banks sent Archibald on an expedition. At some point, Archibald ended up warmly received in Chile, where he dined with the country’s…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the man who introduced the Monkey Puzzle tree to England. We’ll also learn about the prolific plant explorer who was disabled after searching for the regal lily – but he never had any regrets. We hear some words about the 1927 expedition to South Africa. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a…

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