Julia Morton

The Queen of Poisonous Plants #OTD On this day in 1912, author and botanist, Julia Francis McHugh Morton, was born. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, Julia Morton was a popular expert and lecturer on plants. She was revered especially for her knowledge of plant medicine and toxicity. Known as the poison-plant lady, Morton worked…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today I learned how botanists used to say “hello” to each other. In the 1800s and 1900s, a common way for botanists to introduce themselves, often from the other side of the world, was to send each other plant specimens as the foundation for developing a relationship. When it comes to friendship, plants are icebreakers,…

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