Charles Joseph Sauriol

Charles Joseph Sauriol

Bleeding Heart May 14, 1938 On this day, the Canadian conservationist and naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol wrote in his journal, “I have some most beautiful Pansies from the seeds of last year. Pansies are a surprise packet. You never know what to expect, and you are never disappointed if you [don’t?] expect much.”  We found…

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May 14, 2021 Sloping Garden Ideas, George Cooper, Charles Joseph Sauriol, Lilacs for Lincoln, Healing in the Garden, Nature into Art by Thomas Christopher and James Mease

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Today we celebrate a happy lyricist and poet. We’ll also remember a charming diary entry from 1938 by a Canadian conservationist and naturalist. We’ll honor a poem by Walt Whitman that inspired a beautiful composition that premiered this day in 1946. We hear an excerpt about the healing power of the garden. We Grow That…

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Charles Joseph Sauriol

Charles Joseph Sauriol

The Don River Valley Naturalist May 3, 1904 Today is the birthday of the naturalist and conservationist Charles Joseph Sauriol. An esteemed son of Toronto, Charles worked to preserve natural areas in Canada. He was primarily devoted to the forests and waterways of Ontario, including his beloved Don River Valley – where his family had…

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May 3, 2021 Five Agrotourism Hotspots, Charles Joseph Sauriol, May Sarton, Seasonal Inspiration, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard, and the Victor Cicansky Gazebo

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Today we celebrate a Canadian conservationist and author. We’ll also learn about a pioneering Belgian-American gardener, poet, and novelist. We hear an excerpt about how poets find inspiration in nature. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a cookbook that shows how to prepare beautiful meals with fewer ingredients and offers foolproof meal-prepping and effortless entertaining.…

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March 19, 2021 Hunting Century Oaks for Notre Dame, Stella Ross-Craig, Charles Joseph Sauriol, The Art of Outdoor Living, Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden, and The Plant Messiah

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Today we celebrate one of the best British scientific botanical artists of the 20th century. We’ll also learn about a Canadian naturalist who was battling a mole problem on this day 83 years ago today. We hear a wonderful excerpt from a garden design book published two years ago today We Grow That Garden Library™…

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July 25, 2020 L.A. Music Producer Mark Redito, Cleome, Oxford Botanic Garden, William Forsyth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Joseph Sauriol, Elizabeth Lawrence, Walt Whitman, Weeds by Richard Mabey, and A Case of Floral Offerings

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Today we remember the founding of a garden that inspired the book Alice in Wonderland. We’ll also learn about the botanist remembered with the Forsythia genus. We’ll salute the Lake poet who likened plant taxonomy to poetry. We also revisit a diary entry about a garden visitor and a letter from a gardener to her…

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July 11, 2020 Drying Flowers & Herbs, National Rainier Cherry Day, David Prain, Charles Joseph Sauriol, Charles Sumner Lambie, Hamilton Traub, Linden Tree Poetry, Kathryn at Home by Kathryn M Ireland and Clarence Henry Dennesen

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Today we celebrate National Rainier Cherry Day. We’ll also learn about the Scottish Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Calcutta and Kew. We celebrate a journal entry from this day in 1938 by one of Canada’s most-beloved naturalists. We also celebrate a rare orchid breeder from Denver. We honor the discovery of a very…

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September 4, 2019 The Must Go Container, Henry Wise, George London, Alfred Rehder, Isabella Preston, Willa Cather, Geoffrey Hill, Gardener’s Guide to Compact Plants by Jessica Walliser, Ordering Spring Bulbs, Charles Joseph Sauriol, and Plants Growing Together

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I had to chuckle the other day as I was putting together my fall containers. The first thing I do when I transition from one season to another is determining which plants are salvageable – the ones that have enough gas to go another season. One of my pots ended up being a bit of…

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Charles Joseph Sauriol

Charles Joseph Sauriol

Garden Toad On this day in 1938, Canadian Naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol (“Sar-ee-all”) wrote about sharing his garden with a toad. He wrote, “One particular toad has taken quite a fancy to the Wild Flower garden. His den is alongside the Hepatica plant. There he sits half-buried, and blinks up at me while I shower…

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July 25 2019 Cleome, the Physic Garden, William Forsyth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Joseph Sauriol, July Proverbs, The Fragrant Path by Louise Beebe Wilder, Farmers Market, and Flowers for Hamlet

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Are you growing, Cleome? My daughter just had her senior pictures taken, and I took some cuttings from the garden for her to hold during her photoshoot. For one of the pictures, I had her hold just one large white blossom in her hands. It looked like a giant puffball, and it had a very…

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Pansies

Pansies

by Charles Joseph Sauriol I find it hard to come in from the flower borders. My Pansies are a garden of enchantment in themselves. People who love Pansies should grow them from seed. I took the advice and I have never had such a profusion of bloom and of so many colors. As featured onThe…

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July 11, 2019 National Rainier Cherry Day, David Prain, Charles Sumner Lambie, Hamilton Traub, Charles Joseph Sauriol, Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers, and Bamboos by Graham Stuart Thomas, and Deadheading

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It’s National Rainier Cherry Day. Rainier cherries were bred at Washington State University by crossing Vans and Bings. They are one of the most delicate and challenging cherries to grow because of one big drawback: their thin red-yellow skin. This makes them super sensitive to the elements, and they bruise easily. Even if a grower…

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June 13, 2019 Repurposed Planter Idea, Martha Washington, George Thurtell, David Douglas, William Butler Yeats, Charles Joseph Sauriol, The Flower Fix by Anna Potter, Love in a Mist, Nigella, and James Clerk Maxwell and his Peacock Gardeners

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My aunt Debbie in Des Moines sent me some fantastic pictures of a great portable elevated planter idea. She was at Lowes, and they had taken two old Weber grills and had spray-painted them different colors. Then, they turned them into planters. In between the two of them, they placed a bench. What a great…

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Wood Fire Perfume

Blissful Memory of the Don

by Charles Joseph Sauriol The perfume I liked was the smell of a Wood Fire. Planting seed or trees was preferable to throwing one’s seed around recklessly… The dance floor I knew best was a long carpet of Pine Needles.   Note: The naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol, an esteemed son of Toronto, was born on…

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