February 22, 2021 How to Create an Artistic Garden, Enda St. Vincent Millay, Charles Walker Cathcart, A Child Sees Winter Aconite for the First Time, Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier, and the Botanist Called the Vulture

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Today we celebrate an American lyrical poet and playwright who wrote some beautiful poems about flowers. We’ll also learn about the Scottish surgeon who advised using sphagnum moss to treat wounded soldiers.   We hear inspiring words about Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis “YER-anth-iss hy-uh-MAY-lis”) We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about medicine -…

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The Funeral Instructions of Carl Linnaeus

The Funeral Instructions of Carl Linnaeus

by Bill Laws Linnaeus was a modest man and stipulated rules for his funeral arrangements: “Entertain nobody …and accept no condolences.”  But when he died in January 1778, his instructions were ignored. Even the King of Sweden came to pay his respects at the funeral of the man who gave a name to the onion…

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January 12, 2021 The Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea, Jean Jules Linden, Edred John Henry Corner, Linneas’s Stark Funeral Instructions, A Rum Affair by Karl Sabbagh, and James Henry Salisbury’s War on Fruit and Vegetables

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Today we celebrate a descriptive rare orchid hunter who changed the way orchids were cared for. We’ll also learn about the man who was held as a prisoner at the Singapore Botanical Garden during WWII. We’ll hear about the stark funeral instructions left by Carl Linnaeus. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about…

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January 11, 2021 Regenerative Grower New Year’s Resolutions, William Curtis, Plough Monday, Rosemary Verey’s Wintersweet, A Place to Call Home by James Farmer, and the Persistent Peter Forsskål

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Today we celebrate the founder of the influential Curtis Botanical Magazine. We’ll also learn about the traditional start of the agricultural year. We’ll hear about a beautiful plant called Wintersweet from one of my favorite gardeners. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about home through the eyes of a passionate plantsman. And then…

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December 2, 2020 Rain Garden Design, Johann Julius Hecker, Nicholas Alexander Dalzell, James Edward Smith, James M. Barrie, Small Space Garden Ideas by Philippa Pearson, and Oliver Herford

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Today we celebrate the German botanist who used gardens as classrooms. We’ll also learn about the botanist who was a passionate advocate of forests. We’ll recognize the efforts of a key founder of the Linnean Society. We’ll hear a quote about December from the creator of Peter Pan. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a…

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Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus

The Orderer November 1, 1783   Today is the anniversary of the death of Carl Linnaeus. Thirty years earlier, on May 1st, 1753, the publication of his masterpiece Species Plantarum changed plant taxonomy forever. Linnaeus earned the moniker Father of Taxonomy; his naming system is called binomial nomenclature. Binomial means “two names,” which in the naming…

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November 1, 2020 Carl Linnaeus, Charles Eliot, John Lindley, Russell Page, Maggie Dietz, The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook by Andrea Chesman, and John Lindley’s Unmade Bed

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Today we celebrate the man who wrote Species Plantarum and gave us binomial nomenclature. We’ll also learn about the Boston Landscape Architect, who kept a journal of his favorite walks. We salute the British orchidologist who saved Kew Gardens. We also recognize the man who designed the garden at the Frick Museum in New York…

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February 19, 2020 Making a Bean Teepee, Protecting Mature Trees, Charles de l’Écluse, Daniel Solander, William Francis Ganong, Winter Bee Poetry, Gardens in Detail by Emma Reuss, 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse and Frances Perry

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Today we celebrate the man who introduced tulips to Holland and the botanist who was supposed to become Carl Linnaeus’s son-in-law — but didn’t. We’ll also learn about the botanist who loved New Brunswick. Today’s Unearthed Words feature words about winter – and bees in winter. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book that…

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February 10, 2020 Midwinter Trees, Plant Health Resolutions, Jan Gronovius, Benjamin Smith Barton, Winifred Mary Letts, Jack Heslop-Harrison, Snow Poems, A Land Remembered by Patrick D Smith, Wood Markers, and Laura Ingalls Wilder

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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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January 30, 2020 Good Garden Decisions, African Violets, George Ehret, Adelbert von Chamisso, Yerba Buena, Louise Beebe Wilder, Asa Gray, Ann Taylor, The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray, Garden Cloche, and Elizabeth Wirt

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Today we celebrate the botanical illustrator who was wrongfully fired from his first job and the French botanist who spent a month in California with a boatful of Russians. We’ll learn about the botanical name of the city where people leave their hearts, and we’ll fall in love with a classic garden writer from Bronxville,…

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January 21, 2020 The Winter Greenhouse, Ten Unusual Veggies to Grow, John Frémont, Robert Thornton, Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, National Squirrel Appreciation Day, Snow Riddle, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Plastic Saucers, and Erwin Frink Smith

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Today we celebrate a man known as “The Pathfinder” and the birthday of a man who impoverished himself writing a book in tribute to Carl Linnaeus. We’ll learn about the woman who was as passionate about botany as she was assisting with the war effort and today’s National Day that celebrates a garden creature. (Hint:…

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January 7, 2020 Blue in the Garden for 2020, Paris in Bloom, George Clifford III, Mary Somerset, David Landreth, Ignatz Urban, January Rhymes, The Essential Earthman by Henry Clay Mitchell, S-Hooks, and Eliza Amy Hodgson

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Today we celebrate the wealthy Dutch banker who bought enough plants to fill a book for a young Carl Linnaeus and a royal gardener who is an ancestor of Princess Diana. We’ll learn about the man who started the first seed company in America and the German botanist buried in the Botanical Garden he curated…

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Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus

Father of Taxonomy Today Carl Linnaeus went a-courting. He briefly visited an 18-year-old woman named Sara Lisa Morraea in full Lapp costume. He returned the next day and spent the entire day with Sara Lisa and her family. By the end of the month, his friends were betting bottles of wine that there would be…

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January 2, 2020 Amy Martin Woodland Garden Design, Louis Benech Normandy Retreat, Saint Adelard, Carl Linnaeus, Franscisco Marin, JG Lemmon, Rhodora, Minnie Aumonier, Leaf Supply by Lauren Camilleri & Sophia Kaplan, Tin Organizer, and the Discovery of the Winter Home of the Monarch

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Today we celebrate the Feast Day of a gardener Abbott and an important day in the life of the Father of Taxonomy. We’ll learn about the man who planted the first pineapple in Hawaii on this day in 1813 and the botanist who shared a train with a President during his honeymoon to the Santa…

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