John Torrey

The Calendar  Today is the birthday of the American botanist John Torrey. John was the first American botanist to study the flora of New York State. And, the area John botanized included what is now Greenwich Village, the area of the Elgin Botanic Garden (“el-GG-IN”), which is now Rockefeller Center, and Bloomingdale, which is now…

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Today we remember the man who helped to establish the Natural History Museum in Vienna. We’ll also learn about the Swedish botanist who specialized in mycology. We salute the American botanist who wrote the Calendarian – a marvelous phenological record. We also recognize a fanciful botanical illustrator who anthropomorphized flowers in his book. We honor…

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I always write down little things the kids say that strike me as funny or sweet. Here’s a little blast from my past on this day in 2010: At bedtime tonight, PJ told me he wanted to bring cold lunch to school. I told him no because we have paid for hot lunch. (Apparently many…

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Last week was one of turmoil in my garden. We decided to put new windows and siding on the house. Then we decided to enjoy the ravages of a hail storm which dumped ping pong ball sized hail on the garden for about five minutes – the entire storm lasted 30 minutes. I always remind…

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