Benjamin Smith Barton

Golden Butterfly February 10, 1766 Today is the birthday of the American botanist, naturalist, and physician Benjamin Smith Barton. Benjamin worked as a Professor of Natural History and Botany at the University of Pennsylvania, where he authored the very first textbook on American Botany. In 1803, at Thomas Jefferson’s request, Benjamin was tutoring Meriwether Lewis…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a botanist who gave Meriwether Lewis a crash course in botany. We’ll also learn about a poet who wrote some touching poems that incorporated the natural world. We hear some words about getting the garden ready for growing – straightforward advice on getting started. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book…

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Benjamin Smith Barton

The Barton Butterfly Today is the birthday of the American botanist, naturalist, and physician Benjamin Smith Barton. Barton worked as a professor of natural history and botany at the University of Pennsylvania, where he authored the very first textbook on American botany. In 1803, Barton tutored Meriwether Lewis to get him ready for the Lewis…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the man who suggested naming the Twinflower for Linnaeus and the botanist who gave Meriwether Lewis a crash course in botany. We’ll learn about the English writer who wrote, that, “God once loved a garden we learn in holy writ and seeing gardens in the spring, I well can credit it.” And…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the man who wrote the Flora of North America from across the pond in London much to the chagrin of American botanists. We’ll learn about the Dutch botanist who discovered the phalaenopsis orchid and the coleus on the island of Java. Today’s Unearthed Words review some sayings about the month of February…

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