Henri Frederic Amiel

Henri Frederic Amiel

The Knowledge of a Garden May 11, 1881 Today is the anniversary of the death of the Swiss moral philosopher, poet, critic, and nature-lover, Henri Frederic Amiel. Henri used the garden as a metaphor for life. He wrote, “Before my history can teach anybody anything, or even interest myself, it must be disentangled from its…

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May 11, 2021 Cassian Schmidt, Henri Frederic Amiel, Abel Aken Hunter, Death Valley Discovery, Pruning as a Metaphor for Life, Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets, and Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

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Today we celebrate a Swiss philosopher who loved nature. We’ll remember the famous Panama orchid hunter whose orchids were displayed on this day 93 years ago. We’ll also learn about a fascinating discovery by a botanist who was exploring Death Valley on this day last year. We hear a thought-provoking excerpt about pruning as a…

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Every Landscape is a State of the Soul

Henri Frederic Amiel

by Henri Frederic Amiel Walked for half an hour in the garden. A fine rain was falling, and the landscape was that of autumn. The sky was hung with various shades of gray, and mists hovered about the distant mountains – a melancholy nature. The leaves were falling on all sides like the last illusions…

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