John Goldie

The Glasgow Botanist Today is the anniversary of the death of the Scottish-born botanist and author John Goldie. He led an extraordinary life. He started as an apprentice at the Glasgow Botanic Garden. As a young man, another botanist bumped him off what was to be his first plant exploration. However, the botanical gods were…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we remember a gardener who became a saint. We’ll also learn about the woman remembered forever in the name of one of the world’s most popular hostas. We celebrate the Scottish botanist who was the first to describe the Prairie Buttercup. We’ll also hear some wonderful words about simply being in the garden. We…

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John Goldie

A Royal Botanist #OTD Today is the birthday of the Spanish botanist Martin Sesse who was born on this day in 1751. King Carlos III charged Sesse with identifying, classifying, and illustrating all of the plant species throughout New Spain. This was a tremendous request. But Sesse was the man for the job. He was…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today, Catholics honor St. Phocas the Gardener who lived in Turkey during the third century. A protector of persecuted Christians, Phocas grew crops in his garden to help feed the poor. Phocas is remembered for his hospitality and generosity; his garden played an essential part in living both of those virtues. When Roman soldiers were…

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