December 2, 2019 Plant Science Careers, Dirk Denison Home, Cheesy Acorn Squash, Johann Julius Hecker, James Edward Smith, John Lewis Russell, Ferdinand Lindheimer, Gardenlust by Christopher Woods, Gardeners Hand Cream, and December’s Birth Flower

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Today we celebrate the German reformer who added the cultivation of Mulberries and silkworms as part of his schools and the man who started the Linnean Society. We’ll learn about the Salem Botanist, who was a friend of Thoreau and Emerson and the man known as the Father of Texas Botany. We’ll hear the poem…

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November 21, 2019 Dancing with Bees, the Garden Works in Winter, Jan Gronovius, Albert Burrage, Harold Nicolson, A Potted History of Vegetables by Lorraine Harrison, Tchotchke Tidy Up, and the First Garden TV Show

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Today we celebrate the botanist who named the very first plant for his mentor Carl Linnaeus, and we celebrate the 160th birthday of one of the country’s wealthiest orchidologists and the founder of the American Orchid Society. We’ll hear some garden poetry on leaves and November. We Grow That Garden Library with a book from one of…

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Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus

The Father of Taxonomy Today is the anniversary of the death of Carl Linnaeus, who died on this day 1783. Thirty years earlier, on May 1st, 1753, the publication of his masterpiece Species Plantarumchanged plant taxonomy forever. It gave Linnaeus the moniker Father of Taxonomy; his naming system is called binomial nomenclature. Binomial means “two names”…

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November 1, 2019 National Fig Week, November Garden Treasures, What to do with your Pumpkins, Carl Linnaeus, Charles Eliot, John Lindley, Russell Page, The Gardens of Russell Page by Gabrielle Zulen, Dahlias, and a Story from Halesworth

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Today we celebrate the botanist who is considered the Father of Taxonomy and the young Landscape Architect who learned by taking weekly walking tours of gardens. We’ll learn about the botanist who saved Kew Garden and the most famous garden designer you’ve never heard of We’ll listen to a little garden folklore for November and…

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Carl Peter Thunberg’s Secret to Botanizing in Japan

Carl Peter Thunberg

Here’s a charming story I ran across about Carl Peter Thunberg’s time in Japan. During his visit, Carl was confined to a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbor. Ever the clever end-rounder, Carl came up with a strategy to obtain botanical samples. Carl bought a goat. Then, he asked his Japanese assistants to collect plants…

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June 12, 2019 The Most Fragrant Plants, Meriwether Lewis, Karl Freiherr von Drais, Edward Newman, the Michigan Botanical Club, Frank Nicholas Meyer, June Poetry, Carl Linnaeus, Joseph Banks, Patricia Fara, Perlite, and the Shady Acres Herb Farm

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Fragrance in the garden… The most fragrant blossoms include: Cheddar pinks (a member of the carnation family) Lavender Peony Gardenia Honeysuckle Hyacinth Lilac Mock Orange Daphne Bee balm       Brevities #OTD On this day, in 1805, Meriwether Lewis was just one day away from reaching the Great Falls of Missouri. He wrote his…

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The Difference Between Humans and Animals

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by Carl Linnaeus We have not the strength of the elephant, but our intelligence has tamed the strongest of them. We have not the speed of the hare, but our genius has learned to capture the speediest of them. We have not front feet to dig through the earth like the mole, but our minds…

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Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus

The Father of Taxonomy It’s the birthday of Carl Linnaeus born on this day in 1707. It is said he liked flowers as a young child, and whenever he was upset, he was given a flower to soothe him. On May 1st, 1753, the publication of his masterpiece Species Plantarumchanged plant taxonomy forever. It gave Linnaeus…

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May 23, 2019 Growing as a Gardener, Carl Linnaeus, the Centigrade thermometer, Commelina genus, Sjupp the Raccoon, the Hamburg Hydra, Linnaea borealis or Twinflower, August Strindberg, Planting Cannas, Martin Hoffman, and Linnaeus’ Lapland Costume

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “But these young scholars… Love not the flower they pluck, and know it not, And all their botany is Latin names.” There is more to gardening than nomenclature, and more than nomenclature, there’s actually growing and knowing plants.       Brevities #OTD It’s the birthday of Carl Linnaeus born…

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