Charles Darwin

The Origin of Species November 24, 1859  On this day, Charles Darwin’s the Origin of Species reached bookstores. Over twenty years had passed since Charles departed on the HMS Beagle for a five-year voyage around the world. On this revelatory trip, Charles discovered the building blocks to his evolutionary theory in the fossils and diverse…

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Today we celebrate a prolific writer who loved violets and wrote about a secret garden. We’ll also learn about the best-selling book that hit bookstores today back in 1859, and it changed the world forever. We’ll look back at some timeless garden advice from 1966 courtesy of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. We’ll hear some…

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Today we remember the first woman to have circumnavigated the world. We’ll also learn about the wealthy horticulturist who built a magnificent estate on the shores of Lake Waban. We celebrate the botanist who was the first editor of Rhodora, the New England Botanical Club’s journal. We also salute the father of British plant geography.…

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Charles Darwin

Galapagos Islands Adventure On this day, Charles Darwin wrote a letter to his friend John Stevens Henslow. He wrote: “In a few days time the Beagle will sail for the Galapagos Islands. I look forward with joy and interest to this, both as being somewhat nearer to England and for the sake of having a…

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Today we celebrate the man who inspired National Simplicity Day (It’s dedicated every July 12th). We’ll also learn about the tragic death of a Scottish botanist and prolific plant collector. We celebrate the friendship between Charles Darwin and his mentor. And, we also celebrate a woman who started botanizing late in life, yet made a…

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Today we celebrate a man who wrote one of the most influential herbals in history and the French botanist who created the modern strawberry. We’ll learn about the Father of Paleobotany and the sweet little Orchid known as the moccasin flower. Today’s Unearthed Words feature words about winter. We Grow That Garden Library™ with the…

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Today we celebrate the Dutch botanist who figured out the king bee was actually a queen and the poet gardener who preferred curves over straight lines. We’ll learn about the evolutionist who started out as a staunch Christian and who once wrote, “I did not in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of…

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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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Today we celebrate the ending of the 1675 coffee shop ban in England and the birthday of a man who devised his own theory of evolution independently of Charles Darwin. We’ll learn about one of the fiercest Dutch conservationists and the nurseryman who created the world’s most excellent arboretum. Today’s Unearthed Words feature fabulous one-liners…

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Today we celebrate the gardener who turned his farm into a picturesque wonder and the Swiss botanist who survived a fall from a mountaintop that foreshadowed a life of highs and lows. We’ll learn about the American botanist Darwin confided in two years before he shared his theory with the rest of the world and…

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Today we celebrate the scientist who set the stage for Plant Anatomy and the amazing botanical illustrator Marianne North who traveled the world, capturing exotic flowers with her magnificent oil paintings. We also celebrate Margaret Owen, the English galanthophile and gardener we lost five years ago today. We’ll hear some thoughts from Emily Dickinson about…

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Charles Robert Darwin

Young Man with an Old Soul On this day in 1836, the HMS Beagle returned to England after a five-year voyage around the world.  It was a revelatory trip for ship’s naturalist, Charles Darwin, who found the building blocks to his evolutionary theory in the many fossils and diverse species he discovered on his excursions.…

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Today is National Pumpkin Seed Day. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are native to the Americas. Archaeologists discovered them in Mexico in caves that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today, China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country.  Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein; a single cup provides 8-10 grams of…

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Charles Darwin

Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection 1835 Charles Darwin arrived at the Galapagos Islands on board a ship called the HMS Beagle. Once he’s on the islands, Darwin begins to check out all of the different and unique plants, and it gets him thinking.  The experience basically shapes his theory of natural selection.      …

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