Carl Peter Thunberg’s Secret to Botanizing in Japan

Carl Peter Thunberg

Here’s a charming story I ran across about Carl Peter Thunberg’s time in Japan. During his visit, Carl was confined to a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbor. Ever the clever end-rounder, Carl came up with a strategy to obtain botanical samples. Carl bought a goat. Then, he asked his Japanese assistants to collect plants…

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1998 Hydrangea Fest Cancelled


On this day in 1998, the province out of Vancouver, British Columbia, shared an article written by Peter Clough that caught my attention. The title was called Hydrangea Fest Yanked by Roots and began with the sentence, It’s a blooming shame. Here’s what it said: Saturday was supposed to be the inaugural Surrey White Rock Hydrangea…

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