Augustus Van Wickle

The Blithewold Mansion Today is the birthday of Augustus Van Wickle – the man who established the Blithewold (“Blithe-wald”) Mansion and Estate in the 1890s. Augustus was born into a well-to-do family who had a coal-mining business. As he took over the reins, Augustus turned the company into a stunning success and Augustus became enormously…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the one of the 19th century’s top orchidologist and the birthday of a man who used his wealth to purchase an American garden treasure. We’ll learn about one of the most prolific female plant collectors and the florist who shocked London with her floral displays. Today’s Unearthed Words feature a beloved American…

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