Arthur Galston

Wartime Botanist #OTD On this day in 1943, botanist Arthur Galston realizes that excessive use of a plant growth hormone causes catastrophic defoliation. Galston recognized that the effects of using the hormone could be harmful to humans and the environment. Nonetheless, the Army moved forward, using Galston’s work to develop herbicides during the war to…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Happy May Day! Today, the tradition in France is to give a sprig of Lily of the Valley to loved ones. Originally from Japan, Lily of the Valley has long been considered lucky. It’s a sweet scent, belies its high toxicity. Other names for Lily of the Valley include May Bells, Our Lady’s Tears, and…

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