Ben Hur Lampman

Ben Hur Lampman

The Skunkweed February 1, 1916  On this day, the American newspaper editor, essayist, short story writer, and poet, Ben Hur Lampman, moved to Portland and began working for The Oregonian. On March 2, 1942, Ben wrote an article defending a harbinger of spring, the Skunkweed or Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), that appeared in the Medford, Oregon…

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February 1, 2021 Why Deadwood Should Be Removed, Langston Hughes, Ben Hur Lampman, How to Start a Garden, Botanicum by Kathy Willis, and the Language of Trees

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Today we celebrate a Harlem poet who loved children and flowers. We’ll also learn about a newspaperman who wrote a fantastic essay about a harbinger of spring: the skunk cabbage. We’ll hear some thoughts on how to start a garden. We Grow That Garden Library™ with an extraordinary book that takes us on a tour of brilliantly curated plant…

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Ben Hur Lampman’s Essay on Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage January 24, 1954 Today is the anniversary of the death of the American newspaper editor, essayist, short story writer, and poet, Ben Hur Lampman. Today we began the show by talking about one of Bartram’s favorite plants – Skunkweed or Eastern Skunk Cabbage. In researching Skunk Cabbage, I stumbled on an article from…

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