Hewett Cottrell Watson

The Father of British Plant Geography Today is the anniversary of the death of the botanist and the father of British plant geography Hewett Cottrell Watson. In recognition of his significant contributions, the botanical society of the British Isles named their journal Watsonia. Beginning in 1834, Hewett was one of the first botanists to research…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we remember the first woman to have circumnavigated the world. We’ll also learn about the wealthy horticulturist who built a magnificent estate on the shores of Lake Waban. We celebrate the botanist who was the first editor of Rhodora, the New England Botanical Club’s journal. We also salute the father of British plant geography.…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Take two gardeners. Have them grow up learning to garden from the same person. Have them read the same books on gardening. Have them go to the same gardening workshops. Have them tour the same public gardens.   Yet, their gardens will look different from each other. Unique. Gardens are art. They are personal. Remember…

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Hewett Cottrell Watson’s letter to Charles Darwin

by Hewett Cottrell Watson 21 Nov 1859 My dear Sir Once [I started] to read the ‘Origin’ I could not rest [until] I had galloped through [all of it]. I shall now begin to re-read it more deliberately. Meantime I am tempted to write you [my] first impressions… 1st. Your leading idea will assuredly become…

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