Benning Wentworth

The New Hampshire State Flower  It’s the birthday of the colonial governor of New Hampshire,  Benning Wentworth, who was born on this day in 1696. American gardeners remember Benning because he brought the lilac along with other trees and shrubs when he immigrated to States from England. In 1750, the first lilac was planted at…

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Today we remember the man who brought Lilacs to America. We’ll also learn about the man who created the Missouri Botanical Gardens, also known as “Shaw’s Garden.” We celebrate the French author, who exchanged his personal library for a lifetime supply of cantaloupe. We also look back at an article from 1938 and the topic…

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Benning Wentworth

The Lilac Governor #OTD It’s the birthday of Benning Wentworth, who was born on this day in 1696. Wentworth was the colonial governor of New Hampshire from 1741 to 1766. Wentworth is vital to North American gardeners because he brought the lilac along with other trees and shrubs when he immigrated to America from England.…

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Are you a fan of basil? A few years ago, I produced an entire long-format show about basil for the Still Growing podcast. It was Episode 573, and I called it Basilmania. At one point or another, we’ve all needed an introduction to basil and pesto. So, if you’ve never grown basil, or smelled basil,…

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