The Ungrateful Garden

by Carolyn Kizer Midas watched the golden crust That formed over his steaming sores, Hugged his agues, loved his lust, But (cursed) the out-of-doors Where blazing motes of sun impaled The serried roses, metal-bright. “Those famous flowers,” Midas wailed, “Have scorched my retina with light.” This gift, he’d thought, would gild his joys, Silt up…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the birthday of a beloved American who, in her lifetime, was known more as a gardener than a poet. We’ll also learn about the gift from Japan that resulted in the Plant Quarantine Act in the United States. We’ll remember the botanist knighted for his incredible scientific services to the British Empire.…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the gardener poet known for writing “hope is the thing with feathers”, and the man who became the world authority on agaves. We’ll learn about the Victorian botanist who was the first to speak in favor of Darwin’s theory and the man who created the Ballard Lock Garden in Seattle. We’ll hear…

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