Ellis Rowan

Ellis the Explorer Today is the birthday of the Australian artist and botanical illustrator Ellis Rowan. In a 1994 newspaper article, Sarah Guest described Ellis this way: “She was an explorer. She set off alone at 68, for Papua New Guinea – and died in 1922.  She dyed her hair red; had a face-lift; left…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the author and poet who wrote some beautiful garden verses. We’ll also learn about a magnificent Australian artist and botanical illustrator, and her art is now part of Australia’s national library. We celebrate the selection of the State Flower for Arkansas – and the very cute story of how it came to…

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Ellis Rowan

An Explorar, Artist, and Illustrator #OTD It’s the birthday of Ellis Rowan, who was a well-known Australian artist and botanical illustrator, born on this day in 1848. In a 1994 newspaper article, Sarah Guest described Rowan this way: “She was an explorer. She set off alone at 68, for Papua New Guinea – who died…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Have you tried growing Castor Bean? It’s one of Michael Pollen’s favorite plants. Check out the way he starts his article on the plant called, “Consider the Castor Bean”: “Pretty they are not, but a garden can labor under a surfeit “surfut” of prettiness, be too sweet or cheerful for its own good. Sometimes what’s…

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