English Gardener and Writer Frances Perry and her Thoughts on Ferns

Fern Frond

“Sure enough, there was a baby fern growing inside. The spores can survive in their millions until conditions for growth are right.” April 21, 1985 On this day, the garden writer Frances Perry shared a charming article in her regular gardening column in The Observer about how to grow a fern spore. She wrote: My father-in-law,…

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Celebrating Garden Writer and Pioneering Journalist Anne Scott-James

Anne Scott James at her Aldworth home

“However small your garden, you must provide for two of the serious gardener’s necessities: a tool shed and a compost heap.” April 5, 1913 Today is the birthday of one of Britain’s pioneering female journalists and a marvelous garden author, Anne Scott-James. In 1934, Anne started as a secretary at Vogue before rising through the…

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February 17, 2021 Stickiness as a Plant Weapon, Rudolph Jacob Camerarius, Reginald Farrer, The Over-Nurturer Gardening Style, The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart, and the Birth Flowers of February

20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate one of the earliest botanists and his essential discoveries about plant physiology. We’ll also learn about a man known as the ‘Prince of Alpine gardeners.’ We hear the story of a woman who over-nurturers her houseplants. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about worms from one of the best garden…

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Garden Writer George Glenny’s Farwell Column

George Glenny

“And from observation of the doings of the most successful amateurs, I had become a very successful grower of the auricula, the tulip, ranunculus, polyanthus, and other florists’ flowers.” May 24, 1874 On this day, Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper shared George Glenny’s obituary ten days after his passing. For 25 years, George’s garden column had faithfully…

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