Fourth Time’s the Charm: Indiana’s State Flower is the Peony

A Small, Sad, Neglected-Looking Pink or Peony

“A young, distinguished member of the Indiana legislature named Lawrence Baker, who happened to be a peony grower, suggested the Peony. And that is how the Peony ended up on the ballot.” March 15, 1957 On this day, the Peony became Indiana’s fourth State Flower. First, they picked the Carnation, then the Tulip Poplar, next…

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February 5, 2021 Carnation History, John Lindley, Karl Theodor Hartweg, Botanists Getting Home Alive, Cadwallader Colden by Seymour Schwartz, and Celebrating Friedrich Welwitsch

20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a botanist and orchidologist who saved Kew, We’ll also learn about an orchid hunter who collected plants on behalf of the London Horticultural Society. We hear some words about the challenging experience of a botanist in 1874. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about one of America’s earliest botanists and…

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Surprising Facts About January’s Birthflowers: Carnation and Snowdrop

Carnations and Snowdrops by Marie LuisaHlobilová

“Snowdrops are an indicator flower signaling the transition from winter into spring. Thus, the meaning of a Snowdrop blossom is Hope.” January’s birth flowers are the carnation and snowdrop. Let’s take a moment to celebrate both.   Carnations Carnations are some of the world’s oldest flowers. They have been cultivated for over 2000 years. The…

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Remembering President McKinley on Carnation Day

President McKinley

“Last year, the president’s favorite flower was worn by hundreds in this city… It is expected that next Monday will see nearly everyone wearing the flower that usually adorned the lapel of the third martyr president.” September 9, 1903 On this day, The Akron Beacon Journal, out of Akron, Ohio, announced Carnation Day in a…

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