October 7, 2021 Prairie Strips, James Whitcomb Riley, the Engelmann Botanical Club and Fall Flowers, Thomas Keneally, Karen White, The New Shade Garden by Ken Druse, and Clive James

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Today in botanical history, we celebrate a beloved Indiana poet, the Engelmann Botanical Club and their display of fall flowers over 120 years ago, and an Australian author who had asthma as a child. We’ll hear an excerpt from the New York Times bestselling author, Karen White. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a terrific…

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Natural Companions by Ken Druse

Natural Companions by Ken Druse

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast: Natural Companions by Ken Druse This book came out in 2012, and the subtitle is The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations. In this book, plantsman and garden writer Ken Druse presents his time-tested recipes for plant pairings. Some plants are beautiful all are on their own, but some…

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Ken Druse’s New York City Gardener by Ken Druse

Ken Druse’s New York City Gardener by Ken Druse

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast: Ken Druse’s New York City Gardener by Ken Druse This book came out in 1996, and the subtitle is A How-To and Source Book for Gardening in the Big Apple. In this book, one of America’s top horticulturists, Ken Druse, shares his top tips for New York City’s urban…

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April 20, 2021 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Charles Plumier, William Bartram, George MacDonald on April, Ken Druse’s New York City Gardener by Ken Druse and Peter Barr

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Today we celebrate the botanist who named the fuchsia plant. We’ll also learn about the first American to become a full-time naturalist. We’ll hear some charming thoughts on April and May from a Scottish author who mentored Lewis Carroll. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a 25-year-old garden classic written to help gardeners in the…

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Planthropology by Ken Druse

Planthropology by Ken Druse

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast: Planthropology by Ken Druse  This book came out in 2008, and the subtitle is The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites. The subtitle alone made me want to buy it all those years ago! In this book, Ken teaches us all the dirt – old and…

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December 1, 2020 December Folklore and Flowers, John Gerard, Andrew Thomas Gage, Clark Gable, Ebenezer Elliott, Planthropology by Ken Druse, and the Divine Miss M Rose

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Today we celebrate the botanist who wrote one of the first Herbals. We’ll also learn about the botanist who wasn’t thrilled about getting one of India’s first telephones. We’ll recognize the lost work of an American botanist and painter. We’ll remember the Hollywood Legend who loved gardening alongside his famous wife. We’ll hear an excerpt…

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July 22, 2020 16 Drought-Tolerant Plants for Your Garden, Drying Flowers, Neil Muller, John Drayton Hastie, Louise Klein Miller, The Sleep of Seeds by Lucia Cherciu, Making More Plants by Ken Druse, and San Jose Scale

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Today we remember the kind Harvard botanist who was a friend of Darwin. We’ll also learn about the botanist who specialized in South American flora and found the Cinchona tree: the source of quinine. We salute the pioneer of the study of allelopathy – when one plant species releases chemical compounds that affect another plant…

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July 16, 2020 Hanging Garden Ideas, Tarragon, Elijah Fenton, Camille Corot, Orville Redenbacher, July Flowers in Poetry, Scentual Garden by Ken Druse, and the Charles Clemon Deam Biography

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Today we celebrate an English poet who was good friends with Alexander Pope. We’ll also learn about the French painter, famous for his landscapes. We celebrate the co-creator of a new hybrid of popcorn called “snowflake.” We also celebrate some of the flowers of the July garden with some poetry. We Grow That Garden Library™…

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