By Gertrude Jekyll There is a lovable quality about the actual tools. One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain. Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it; without it, the brain and the hand would be helpless. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired…

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Today we celebrate the man remembered in the genus name for Crape Myrtle. We’ll also learn about the botanist who served as the physician to George Washington. We celebrate the man remembered in the name of the largest flower in the world. And we also celebrate the practical gardener and journalist who helped change the…

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Today we celebrate the Spanish Enlightenment priest and botanist who named the Dahlia and the glamorous movie star who traded in her star sapphire collection for a tractor. We’ll learn about the item vintners were selling during prohibition and the woman who became the most widely read American Garden author in the United States. Today’s…

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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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What Is One to Say About June

by Gertrude Jekyll What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with, as yet, no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the…

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