Erwin Frink Smith

Peach Yellows January 21, 1854 Today is the birthday of the Washington DC-based USDA botanist Erwin Frink Smith. Erwin had attempted to solve the problem of the peach yellows – a disease caused by a microorganism called a phytoplasma, and it was affecting Peach Orchards. It was called the Peach Yellows disease because the main…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate one of my favorite botanists and his personal story of love and love of poetry and nature. We’ll also learn about an extraordinary gardener who could grow anything – and I mean anything. We’ll hear Rosemary Verey’s thoughts on patterns. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a behind-the-scenes look at the 2009…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a man known as “The Pathfinder” and the birthday of a man who impoverished himself writing a book in tribute to Carl Linnaeus. We’ll learn about the woman who was as passionate about botany as she was assisting with the war effort and today’s National Day that celebrates a garden creature. (Hint:…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Take two gardeners. Have them grow up learning to garden from the same person. Have them read the same books on gardening. Have them go to the same gardening workshops. Have them tour the same public gardens.   Yet, their gardens will look different from each other. Unique. Gardens are art. They are personal. Remember…

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