Isabella Preston

Dean of Hybridists Today is the 55th anniversary of the death of Canada’s first professional woman plant breeder – a woman called the “Dean of Hybridists” and the “Grand Lady of Canadian Horticulture” – Isabella Preston. When Vita Sackville-West first heard her name, she famously acknowledged, “I must confess I don’t know anything about Miss…

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Today we celebrate the man who found a splendid crabapple growing in his nursery and the anniversary of a society that celebrates the flower of the rainbow, We’ll learn about the “Grand Lady of Canadian Horticulture” and a Colorado State botanist who fought to protect the Columbine. Today’s Unearthed Words, we hear simple poems from…

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Isabella Preston

Grand Lady of Canadian Horticulture Today is the birthday of Canada’s first professional woman plant breeder – a woman called the “dean of hybridists” and the “Grand Lady of Canadian Horticulture” – Isabella Preston, who was born on this day in 1881. Vita Sackville-West once acknowledged, “I must confess I don’t know anything about Miss…

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I had to chuckle the other day as I was putting together my fall containers. The first thing I do when I transition from one season to another is determining which plants are salvageable – the ones that have enough gas to go another season. One of my pots ended up being a bit of…

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