Christopher Columbus

Gourds and Squash December 3, 1492   On this day, Christopher Columbus noted in his diary: “I climbed a mountain and came to level ground, which was sown with many different crops and gourds.” The gourds Columbus was referring to were actually squashes that were turned into utensils. Many people confuse gourds and squash. So…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today I’ll talk about the difference between gourds and squash. We’ll also celebrate the man whose philanthropy made the Arnold Arboretum possible. We’ll recognize the painter who said flowers made him paint freely. We salute the English author who gave us a lovely poem called The Garden Year. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a…

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Christopher Columbus

Squash to Spoon On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus noted in his diary: “I climbed a mountain and came to level ground, which was sown with many different crops and with gourds.” The gourds Columbus was referring to were squashes that were used for more than food. After the skin had been cleaned and…

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