Asa Gray

A Person of Action  On this day, the botanist Asa Gray resigned from the Wilkes Expedition. Gray was frustrated by all of the delays, he was a person of action, and he also disliked Captain Charles Wilkes. Gray disagreed with Wilkes about the Latin descriptions of the new taxa, and he also disagreed with Wilkes’s…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the man who established the science of botany in America. We’ll also learn about the botanist who survived a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness – an incredible story. We celebrate a presentation from 1977 that encouraged, “Take a pill if you will; I say take a plant to cope with everyday…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the botanical illustrator who was wrongfully fired from his first job and the French botanist who spent a month in California with a boatful of Russians. We’ll learn about the botanical name of the city where people leave their hearts, and we’ll fall in love with a classic garden writer from Bronxville,…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a bryologist who Asa Gray called, “a noble fellow” and the botanist who, along with his wife, helped found the New York Botanic Garden in the Bronx. We’ll learn about one of the first and most prolific professional female garden photographers and the female botanist with a mountain named in her honor.…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the botanist who made his mark in human anatomy and the botanist who lost his civil war specimens to a confederate raider. We’ll hear the most popular poem about trees written by a poet who was killed in WWI. We Grow That Garden Library with a self-published humorous garden book by one…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the botanist who started the Botanical Gazette back in 1875 and the incredibly down-to-earth yet inspiring garden designer and writer who turns 90 years old today. We’ll learn about the naming error based on the name of an early Governor of Florida and the almost 500 watercolors by a St. Louis botanist…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the gardener who turned his farm into a picturesque wonder and the Swiss botanist who survived a fall from a mountaintop that foreshadowed a life of highs and lows. We’ll learn about the American botanist Darwin confided in two years before he shared his theory with the rest of the world and…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

If you have struggled to grow tomatoes successfully, maybe it’s time to give cucumbers a try. They are much easier to grow than tomatoes. Just add some organic matter to the soil and mulch around the base of the plant. Cucumbers benefit from support, so install a trellis for the vines to climb. That’s it.…

Read More
Asa Gray

The Harvard Man #OTD On this day in 1842, Asa Gray arrived at Harvard. He didn’t have to start teaching until the following spring. Gray wasn’t a great speaker, but he was respected by his peers and his students for his knowledge.     This post was featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: helping gardeners find…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Have you ever tried drying flowers? Successfully drying one of your favorite flowers is such a joy. Some flowers look even better when they are dried. There are many options for drying flowers; air drying is the simplest. Then, of course, there’s pressing. If you’ve never tried sand drying a bloom, you should give it…

Read More
Asa Gray

The Harvard Botanist #OTD On this day in 1838, the botanist Asa Gray resigned from the Wilkes Expedition.  Gray was frustrated by all of the delays. He also disagreed with Captain Charles Wilkes. Gray and Wilkes disagreed about the Latin descriptions of the new taxa. In addition, Wilkes wanted to work with Americans only. Gray…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Are you growing parsley? I am. But I generally only plant the flat-leaf variety – since the curly leaf parsley is used mainly as a garnish. Parsley is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, carrots, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.     Brevities #OTD On this day in…

Read More
20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today’s thought is exactly that: How we think when we garden. Emerson wrote: Blame me not, laborious band, For the idle flowers I brought; Every aster in my hand Comes back laden with a thought. How wonderful our gardens are for thinking. Creatively. Therapeutically. Soulfully. Every bloom can be a vessel for an idea, a…

Read More