Chestnuts

by John Evelyn Chestnuts are delicacies for princes and a lusty and masculine food for rustics and make women well-complexioned. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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Today we celebrate the man who proved plants have a circadian rhythm. We’ll also learn about the nurseryman who helped establish Rochester, New York, as a “City in a Forest.” We’ll remember the pioneer seedsman who started the largest mail-order seed company in the world. We celebrate Thanksgiving with some verses about this time of…

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John Evelyn

The 66 Year Diary Today the English Gardner and writer John Evelyn recorded in his diary that he met with the dowager Queen Henrietta Maria. John kept a detailed diary for 66 years, and he had a devoted passion for gardening. As a result, his diary has been a treasure for garden historians over the…

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Today we celebrate the botanist and writer who published the first book about salad. We’ll also learn about the horticulturist whose life was cut short on this day when the steamship he was on caught on fire and sank. We celebrate the man who helped generations of people fall in love with ornithology. We also…

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John Evelyn

The Detailed Diary of John Evelyn Today is the birthday of the English Gardner and writer John Evelyn who was born on this day in 1620.  Evelyn kept a detailed diary for 66 years, and he had an excellent understanding of trees. In 1664, Evelyn wrote a treaty called A Discourse of Forest Trees. It was…

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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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