St. Phocas

The Gardener Today, Catholics honor St. Phocas the Gardener who lived in Turkey during the third century. A protector of persecuted Christians, Phocas grew crops in his garden to help feed the poor. Phocas is remembered for his hospitality and generosity; his garden played an essential part in living both of those virtues. When Roman…

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Frances Ropes Williams

Hybridizing Hostas Today is the birthday of the woman who is remembered for one of the most popular hostas in American gardens: Frances Ropes Williams. Frances had a shady garden in Winchester, Massachusetts. And, what is the most-used plant by shade gardeners? Hostas. That’s right. And Frances had an appreciation for hostas before they became…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we remember a gardener who became a saint. We’ll also learn about the woman remembered forever in the name of one of the world’s most popular hostas. We celebrate the Scottish botanist who was the first to describe the Prairie Buttercup. We’ll also hear some wonderful words about simply being in the garden. We…

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Frances Ropes Williams

The Winchester Gardener #OTD Today is the birthday of Frances Ropes Williams, born on this day in 1883.  Williams had a shady garden in Winchester, Massachusetts. And, what is the most-used plant by shade gardeners? Hostas. That’s right. And, Williams had an appreciation for hostas before they became widely used in the United States. A…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today, Catholics honor St. Phocas the Gardener who lived in Turkey during the third century. A protector of persecuted Christians, Phocas grew crops in his garden to help feed the poor. Phocas is remembered for his hospitality and generosity; his garden played an essential part in living both of those virtues. When Roman soldiers were…

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