Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

November 15, 2019 Bob Randall’s Houston Garden Guide, 50 Top Plants, Fall Berries, Australia’s First Grapes, Marianne Moore, Georgia O’Keeffe, The Surprising Life of Constance Spry by Sue Shephard, Punch Bowls and the State Flower of Florida

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 Today we celebrate the first grapes that were grown down under and the poet who saved a tree that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. We’ll learn about the painter who was supposed to paint pineapples but never did and the florist who did the flowers for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. We’ll…

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November 12, 2019 Gardening Zodiac Signs, Stolen Compost, Australia’s Most Popular Indoor Plant, The Savill Garden Sculptures, Bougainville, Eschscholtz, Arthur Shurcliff, Orchids, Pedro Dot, Herbal Tea Gardens by Marietta Marshall Marcin, Forcing Bulbs, and Mavis Batey

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Today we celebrate the French admiral and explorer who had a female botanist posing as a male valet on his voyage. We’ll learn about the botanist who is remembered by the State Flower of California and the Landscape Architect who restored the entire Landscape of Colonial Williamsburg. We’ll learn about the Spanish rose breeder who…

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October 24, 2019 An 11-Story Monarch Mural, What Landscape Architects Wish You Knew, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Marianne North, Margaret Owen, Emily Dickinson, The Daylily by Peat and Petit, Plants to Cut Back, and A Fancy from Fontanelle

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Today we celebrate the scientist who set the stage for Plant Anatomy and the amazing botanical illustrator Marianne North who traveled the world, capturing exotic flowers with her magnificent oil paintings. We also celebrate Margaret Owen, the English galanthophile and gardener we lost five years ago today. We’ll hear some thoughts from Emily Dickinson about…

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October 23, 2019 An Inspiring Home Landscape by a Forest, Budburst.org, Ludwig Leichhardt, Annie Lorrain Smith, François-André Michaux, Bonnie Templeton, Neltje Blanchan, New Vegetable Garden Techniques by Joyce Russell, Harvesting Black Walnuts, and Ernest Thompson Seton

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Today we celebrate the young botanist who disappeared in Australia 171 years ago and the pioneering female lichenologist who worked for the British Museum but was never officially on the payroll. We’ll learn about the French botanist who had a life-long love affair with the trees of North America and the Los Angeles woman who…

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October 22, 2019 A Garden-Themed Wedding, Forager Gin, Helen Clay Frick, Edwin Way Teale, Discovering Vanilla, David Douglas, Bliss Carman, The Sanctuary of My Garden by Fotoula Reynolds, Last Call for Houseplants, and 4th-Grade Botany

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Today we celebrate the daughter of a millionaire who found solace in nature and the refreshing approach of one of the country’s top naturalists. We learn about the discovery of vanilla (complete with a ravishing recipe for vanilla coffee liqueur from 1974) and we’ll commemorate the Doctor’s Pit where the botanist David Douglas died. We’ll…

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Peter Cundall, Tasmanian Gardener and TV Garden Show Host

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Peter Cundall Peter Cundall was born April 1st, 1927 (Books by this author).   A Tasmanian gardener, Peter was the friendly host of the long-running TV show Gardening Australia – one of the first shows committed to 100% organic practices and practical advice.  Peter inspired both young and old to garden.  In his epic “lemon…

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