January 26, 2021 Five Secrets of Front-Yard Landscaping, Nikolai Vavilov, Eloise Ray, Katharine White on Bulbs in Pots, The Joy of Botanical Drawing by Wendy Hollender, and National Seed Swap Day the Pandemic Way

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Today we celebrate the Russian botanist who sought to end world hunger and created a seed bank. We’ll also learn about a Landscape Architect known for her delicate illustrations and her love of realistic sculpture. We’ll hear some thoughts on growing bulbs in pots by one of my favorite gardeners. We Grow That Garden Library™…

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January 6, 2021 The Best Indoor Plants, Kaspar von Sternberg, Syd Barrett, Growing Poisonous Plants, A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year by Jane Hunter, and Lee Reich’s Tree ID Secrets

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Today we celebrate a botanist regarded as the “Father of Paleobotany” – the study of ancient plants that uses plant fossils. We’ll also learn about the guitarist who went on a self-imposed 30-year exile – spending most of his time painting and gardening. We hear some thoughts on growing poisonous plants. We Grow That Garden…

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Katharine White

Katharine White

A Wonderful Pair of Authors After researching Katharine White, I discovered some touching correspondence that occurred between her husband, Andy, (the author of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web), and her friend and fellow garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence. In July 1979, Elizabeth wrote to Andy about Katharine’s book (after Katharine died): Dear Andy, Thank you for…

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Katharine White

Katharine White

Onward and Upward Today is the anniversary of the death of the garden writer Katharine White. Now, Katharine was married to Andy – but most of us probably know him as E.B. White, the author of three beloved children’s books, Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). In the…

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July 20, 2020 Thomas Rainer’s Garden Tips, David Nelson, Gregor Mendel, Daylilies, Brian Shaw, Katharine White, The Garden as Sanctuary, Shrubs by Andy McIndoe, and Katharine White

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Today we remember the beloved botanist who served on Captain Cook’s third South Seas trip. We’ll also learn about the Austrian botanist and monk who pioneered the study of heredity. We celebrate the usefulness of daylilies. We also honor the life of a young man who was killed paying his florist bill and the life…

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The Season of Lists and Callow Hopefulness

The Season of Lists and Callow Hopefulness

by Katharine S. White For gardeners, this is the season of lists and callow hopefulness;  hundreds of thousands of bewitched readers are poring over their catalogs, making lists . . . , and dreaming their dreams.           Note: Today’s Unearthed Words are all about seed catalogs.  If you are a new…

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I Read Garden Catalogs for News

I Read Garden Catalogs for News

by Katharine S. White I read [garden catalogs] for news,  for driblets of knowledge,  for aesthetic pleasure,  and at the same time, I am planning the future –  so I read in dream.       Note: Today’s Unearthed Words are all about seed catalogs.  If you are a new gardener, welcome to the joy…

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