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November 18, 2019 The National Trust Cover Photo, The Feminine History of Botany, William Shenstone, Leo Lesquereux, Asa Gray, Kim Wilde, Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Boot Tray reboot and Cranberry Frenzy in 1843

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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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October 24, 2019 An 11-Story Monarch Mural, What Landscape Architects Wish You Knew, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Marianne North, Margaret Owen, Emily Dickinson, The Daylily by Peat and Petit, Plants to Cut Back, and A Fancy from Fontanelle

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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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October 2, 2019 National Pumpkin Seed Day, Julius von Sachs, the HMS Beagle Returns Home, Patrick Geddes, Martha Brooks Hutcheson, Wallace Stevens, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver, Rhubarb, and Old Garden Stories

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Today is National Pumpkin Seed Day. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are native to the Americas. They were discovered by archaeologists 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…

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September 16, 2019 National Indoor Plant Week, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, Charles V of France, Robert Fortune, Charles Darwin, Robert Finch, The Chinese Kitchen Garden by Wendy Kiang-Spray, the Final Push to Plant Perennials, Kate Furbish, and 19th Century Female Scientists

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#NationalIndoorPlantWeek is this week! Be sure to follow my friend, Lisa Steinkopf – the @HouseplantGuru – on twitter for a chance to win copies of her books and some houseplants. And remember, it’s all week long – so Happy Indoor Plant Week. Go get yourself something new for the Indoor season which is just around…

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September 5, 2019 Growing Cucumbers, Michel Sarrazin, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, Asa Gray, Charles Darwin, Katherine Warington, Andrew Marvell, Tussie-Mussies by Geraldine Laufer, the Case for Coleus, and the Suffolk Tombstone of gardener Edward Ward

If you have struggled to grow tomatoes successfully, maybe it’s time to give cucumbers a try. They are much easier to grow than tomatoes. Just add some organic matter to the soil and mulch around the base of the plant. Cucumbers benefit from support, so install a trellis for the vines to climb. That’s it.…

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May 7, 2019 Deep Dives in the Garden, Gerard van Swieten, Rochester Parks Commission, RHS Radish Trial, Henry Teuscher, Bartram’s Garden, Rabindranath Tagore, Penelope Lively, Life in the Garden, Garden Trials, and Charles Darwin

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  Gardeners love to fall in love with plants.   We can fall so hard, that we tune out other possibilities for our gardens.   Then, in a fascinating twist, our deep dives can suddenly stop and often they are followed by a pivot.   I started out as a shrub gardener. Then, I made a…

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