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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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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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Today we celebrate the gardener who had his home and garden trashed by the Russian Czar and the poet who wrote one of his most famous poems under the plum tree in his garden. We’ll learn about the American Landscape Architect who never lived to see the big park he dreamed of, and we’ll learn…

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Today we celebrate the botanist who was allowed to tend a garden while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. We’ll learn about the Pioneer botanist of Tennessee and the botanist who used his love of trees to shape an optimistic view of humanity. We’ll also celebrate Jamie Taggert, the young Scottish botanist,…

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Folklore and legends are often intertwined with plants and gardens. Today I stumbled on a Swedish Legend called “The Harvest That Never Came,” and I thought you’d get a kick out of it. The story has been used in lesson plans to teach kids problem-solving. I’m going to abbreviate it a bit, but I’ll share…

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How’s your garden doing? Is there something blooming that is stealing your heart? In my garden, I’m especially enjoying the Yellow wax-bells or Kirengeshoma palmata (“kih-ren-gesh-OH-mah palm-AY-tah”). Heidi Heiland installed these for me last summer during my garden renovation. They are right up by my front door in a North-facing garden – and I see…

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“You don’t have a garden just for yourself. You have it to share.” – Augusta Carter, Master Gardener, Pound Ridge, Georgia Pass-along plants have the best stories, don’t they? They have history. They have a personal history. One of my student gardeners had a grandmother who recently passed away from breast cancer. Her mom was…

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Today is National Potato Day. Here are some fun potato facts: The average American eats approximately 126 pounds of spuds each year. And, up until the 18th century, the French believed potatoes called leprosy. To combat the belief, the agronomist Antoine Auguste Parmentier became a one-man PR person for the potato. How did Parmentier get…

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John Tabb wrote: “A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies.” He’s talking, of course about the hummingbird. Gardeners are enthralled by hummingbirds and will do next to anything to attract them to their garden. One of my happiest memories is being in…

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