Charles Sumner Lambie

The Rare Orchid Breeder On this day, the Amarillo Daily News ran an article featuring Charles Sumner Lambie, who was a Denver area civil engineer by day and a rare orchid breeder by night. Charles grew up in Pittsburgh, tending the family garden. He later married Margaret McCandless, and together they raised nine children. As…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

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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Charles Sumner Lambie

Charles Lambie Rittenberry Orchid Today, in 1941 the Amarillo Daily News ran an article featuring Charles Sumner Lambie, who was a Denver area civil engineer by day and a rare orchid breeder by night.  Lambie grew up in Pittsburgh, tending the family garden. He later married Margaret McCandless, and together they raised nine children. As…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

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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