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Today we celebrate a one of a kind American plantsman and breeder who gave us the red-fleshed Pink Pearl apple. We’ll also learn about the German nurseryman and breeder who we know from a ubiquitous feather-reed grass. We’ll hear some lovely botanical poems from a New England poet. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a…

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Charles Sumner Lambie

The Rare Orchid Breeder On this day, the Amarillo Daily News ran an article featuring Charles Sumner Lambie, who was a Denver area civil engineer by day and a rare orchid breeder by night. Charles grew up in Pittsburgh, tending the family garden. He later married Margaret McCandless, and together they raised nine children. As…

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Leonard Cockayne

The Kiwi Botanist 1934  Today is the anniversary of the death of the great English-Kiwi botanist Leonard Cockayne. Leonard died when he was 79 years old. Today he is regarded as New Zealand’s most celebrated botanist. Leonard was born in England and was raised to explore and appreciate the natural world. As a child, Leonard…

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Sir William Jackson Hooker

Tour in Iceland 1785  Today is the birthday of the great Sir William Jackson Hooker. Hooker was both a botanist and a botanical illustrator, and he was a great friend of Joseph Banks. Thanks to his inheritance, Hooker was wealthy; he didn’t need a patron to fund his work or expeditions. Hooker’s first expedition was…

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The Kew Gardener's Guide to Growing House Plants by Kay Maguire

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast: Today’s Book Recommendation: The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants: The art and science to grow your own house plants by Kay Maguire Which are delicate and which are indestructable? – We show how to find the right home for your plants and the right plants for…

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