Catharina Helena Dörrien

Beautiful Botanical Art March 1, 1717 Today is the birthday of the German artist, children’s book author, translator, editor, and pioneering female botanist Catharina Helena Dörrien (“Durr-ee-in”). Catharina was born into an intellectual family in Hildesheim, a community Southeast of Hannover. Her father, Ranier, believed that while beauty fades, ignorance can be a lifelong affliction.…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the first woman to describe Fungi (“funj-eye”) using the Linnaean system of classification. We’ll also learn about a little-known prolific nature and floral writer from the 1800s. We hear a little recollection by a garden writer who received an armload of Forsythia from a friend named Alice, just when she needed it…

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