October 6, 2021 Garden Border Ideas, Charles Wilkins Short, André Soulié, Levi James Russell, Susan Hill, The Tree Book by Michael Dirr and Keith Warren, and Chris Howell

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Today in botanical history, we celebrate a Kentucky botanist, a French priest and plant explorer, and a Texas doctor and botanist. We’ll hear an excerpt from Susan Hill’s book, The Magic Apple Tree. We Grow That Garden Library™ with another great book by Michael Dirr. And then we’ll wrap things up with a reminder from…

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Looking for Fall Nature Music? Check Out Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams

Roger Williams

Autumn Leaves November 19, 1955 On this day, Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams reached the top spot on the music charts. Autumn Leaves was Roger’s most successful song and the first instrumental song to reach number 1 on the Billboard charts during the rock era. As a performer, Roger Williams was less flamboyant than Liberace. He was,…

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Celebrating Ian Hamilton Finlay: the Little Sparta Scottish Gardener, Artist, and Poet

Ian Hamilton Finlay

“Finlay created a one-of-a-kind garden that incorporated sculptures, words, architecture, and poetry. He named his garden Little Sparta, which he considered a living piece of art.” October 28, 1925 On this day, the Scottish poet, artist, and gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay was born.   Finlay created a one-of-a-kind garden that incorporated sculptures, words, architecture, and…

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Praise for the Kings of the 1915 Autumn Garden: Goldenrod and Aster


“…the black-eyed Susans are closing their long campaign, chicory is losing its last pale blue, and the aster and goldenrod are left not exactly blooming alone but the kings of the floral world.” September 25, 1915 On this day, the Burlington, Vermont newspaper shared a little article about September flowers, focusing mainly on the goldenrod…

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