Henry Danvers

Linnaeus Filius January 20, 1741 Today is the birthday of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus the Younger, the son of the great Carl Linnaeus or Carl von Linné. To distinguish him from his famous father, he was referred to as Linnaeus filius, Latin for Linnaeus, the son. For botanical purposes, he is referred to with…

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Henry Danvers

Founder of the Oxford Botanic Garden January 20, 1643 Today is the anniversary of the death of Henry Danvers, the 1st Earl of Danby. In 1621, Henry founded the Oxford Botanic Garden, but planting didn’t start until the 1640s. As a young man, Henry was an English soldier who was outlawed after killing a rival…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the pardoned outlaw who donated the land for the Oxford Botanic Garden. We’ll also learn about Carl Jr. – Linnaeus’s son – Linnaeus filius, who surely felt some pressure growing up in his father’s shadow. We’ll hear one of my favorite letters from the garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence. We Grow That Garden…

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