Gilbert White

The Naturalist’s Journal Today is the birthday of the English naturalist, Gilbert White. Gilbert kept a journal for almost three decades, where he recorded observations of his garden. Gilbert’s observations were eventually published as a Calendar of Flora and the Garden. Then they were woven into a book called the Naturalist’s Journal. People immediately recognized…

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Today we celebrate the English naturalist who kept a journal for almost three decades. We’ll also learn about the famous English novelist who loved to garden. We salute the father of American landscape architecture and his trip to Gettysburg on this day in 1863. We also recognize the Spanish woman who pioneered a system of…

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Today we celebrate the German botanist who’s 1542 book is one of the most historically significant works of all time and the birthday of a man who discovered the rutabaga. We’ll learn about the man known as “The Father of English Botany” and the man known as the “Father of American Horticulture.” Today’s Unearthed Words…

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Gilbert White

A Gift for Observation #OTD It’s the birthday of the English naturalist, Gilbert White, who was born on this day in 1720. White kept a journal for almost three decades, where he recorded observations of his garden. It was eventually published as a Calendar of Flora and the Garden, followed by the Naturalist’s Journal. People…

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Have you tried growing the herb chervil? Chervil tastes similar to tarragon – it’s sometimes called gourmet parsley. It has a beautiful fern-like leaf, which turns red in the fall, which is another plus. August is a beautiful time to sow chervil – so keep that in mind. The 1884 Dictionary of English Names of…

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Does your garden have a signature plant? If you can’t decide, maybe it’s time to let your garden do the talking. Complete the following sentence: My garden has the perfect spot to grow…. (fill in the blank). For instance, you may have the perfect spot to grow anemone. I remember going to my friend Carmen’s…

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William Cullen Bryant wrote, “There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.” That pretty much sums up what happens with the plants I’ve dubbed “double-takes”. A double-take plant is the one you first…

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Gilbert White Journal Entry on April 17, 1789

Five gallons of French brandy from London. Cucumbers show fruit in bloom. Cuculus cuculat: the voice of the cuckoo is heard in Blackmoor Woods. Sowed Hollyhocks, Columbines, Snapdragons, Stocks, Mignonette, all from S. Lambeth, in a bed in the garden. Also Sweet Williams, & Canterbury Bells.     Note: On this day the Naturalist Gilbert…

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