February 14, 2020 Broken Plant Pots, Growing Chives, Captain James Cook, The Apple Paring Machine, Henry David Thoreau, Willow, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, A Taste for Herbs by Sue Goetz, Eleanor Bor and The Adventures Of A Botanist’s Wife

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Today we celebrate one of Britain’s great explorers and the first apple parer. We’ll learn about the wonderful willow, and we’ll celebrate the very first field trip of the Philadelphia Botanical Club, which happened 128 years ago today. Today’s Unearthed Words feature poems from the author of Anne of Green Gables. We Grow That Garden…

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-2 Degrees at Breakfast Time

-2 Degrees at Breakfast Time

by Henry David Thoreau -2 degrees at breakfast time, but this has been the coldest night, probably. You lie with your feet or legs curled up, waiting for morning, the sheets shining with frost about your mouth. Water left by the stove is frozen thickly, and what you sprinkle in bathing falls on the floor…

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January 10, 2020 Charlotte Moss Winter Garden, Elm Tree Comeback, Nicholas Culpeper, Indian Tea, Henry Winthrop Sargent, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens by Marta McDowell, Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Kit, and the Wolf Moon

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Today we celebrate the 17th-century renegade who wanted medicine through herbs to be accessible to the people and the Anniversary of the day Indian tea became available for sale in England. We will learn about the American landscape gardener whose superpower was framing a view and the English sculptor who famously said I am the…

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Writing at Walden Pond On this day in 1855, it was starting to snow on Walden Pond, and Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal: “At 8.30 a fine snow begins to fall, increasing very gradually, perfectly straight down, till in fifteen minutes the ground is white, the smooth places first, and thus the winter…

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December 9, 2019 Goodbye Sansevieria, Blue Mold, Substituting Herbs in Cooking, Thoreau, Peter Smithers, Karl Blossfeldt, Ground Rules by Kate Frey, Mushroom Set and Lorraine Collett

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Today we celebrate the botanist who was also a spy during WWII. We’ll learn about the German photographer who saw artistic inspiration in his close-ups of plants. We’ll hear some prose about winter, We Grow That Garden Library with a book that offers us 100 tips for Growing a More Glorious Garden. I’ll talk about…

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December 2, 2019 Plant Science Careers, Dirk Denison Home, Cheesy Acorn Squash, Johann Julius Hecker, James Edward Smith, John Lewis Russell, Ferdinand Lindheimer, Gardenlust by Christopher Woods, Gardeners Hand Cream, and December’s Birth Flower

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Today we celebrate the German reformer who added the cultivation of Mulberries and silkworms as part of his schools and the man who started the Linnean Society. We’ll learn about the Salem Botanist, who was a friend of Thoreau and Emerson and the man known as the Father of Texas Botany. We’ll hear the poem…

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November 18, 2019 The National Trust Cover Photo, The Feminine History of Botany, William Shenstone, Leo Lesquereux, Asa Gray, Kim Wilde, Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Boot Tray reboot and Cranberry Frenzy in 1843

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Today we celebrate the gardener who turned his farm into a picturesque wonder and the Swiss botanist who survived a fall from a mountaintop that foreshadowed a life of highs and lows. We’ll learn about the American botanist Darwin confided in two years before he shared his theory with the rest of the world and…

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A Virgin Wearing a White Ruff

A Virgin Wearing a White Ruff

by Henry David Thoreau [The] yarrow is particularly fresh and perfect, cold and chaste, with its pretty little dry-looking rounded white petals and green leaves. Its very color gives it a right to bloom above the snow, as level as a snow-crust on the top of the stubble. It looks like a virgin wearing a…

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November Mist

Henry David Thoreau

by Henry David Thoreau Another drizzling day, — as fine a mist as can fall… My thoughts are concentrated; I am all compact. The solitude is real, too, for the weather keeps other men at home. This mist is like a roof and walls over and around, and I walk with a domestic feeling… The…

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Approaching Winter On this day in 1855, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal: “The winter is approaching. The birds are almost all gone. The note of the ‘dee de de’ sounds now more distinct, prophetic of winter, as I go amid the wild apples on Nawshawtuct. The autumnal dandelion sheltered by this apple-tree trunk…

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November 4, 2019 Color for the Winter Garden, Favorite Ginkgo Varieties, Houseplant Trend, Thoreau on Autumn, Janaki Ammal, Arizona Palm, The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin, Spigots Off, and Benedict Roezl

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Today we celebrate fall through the eyes of a writer and naturalist from the year 1855 and the botanist honored with building on the University of Glasgow. We’ll learn about the Indian botanist who bred a new species of sugar cane and the Arizona Palm – yes, it does exist! We’ll hear some November Poems.…

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Walden Pond Living  Today is the anniversary of the day in 1847 when Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Massachusetts. His two years of simple living at Walden Pond were over.       This post was featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: helping gardeners find their…

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September 6, 2019 Planting in September, Jean-Baptiste Van Mons, Thoreau leaves Walden Pond, James Veitch Jr, Joseph Hers, Kathleen Basford, Bartlett Giamatti, Montrose by Nancy Goodwin, Sowing Flowers, and Stolen Flowers

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September is my favorite month for planting trees, shrubs, and perennials. The cool air makes outdoor exercise a joy, and the ground temperatures add the perfect amount of warmth for plants to get established. Planting in the fall is preferred because it’s the time of year when perennials experience less transplant shock. At the same…

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Written Words of Walden Pond It was on this day in 1854 that two years of simple living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts was shared with the world in the form of a book; Henry David Thoreau’s Walden was published. It was Henry David Thoreau who said: ”The question is not what you look at,…

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