Margaret Cavendish Bentinck

Margaret Cavendish Bentinck

The Portland Rose February 11, 1715 Today is the birthday of the British aristocrat, naturalist, plant lover, and botanist Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. Her family and friends called her Maria. Maria married when she was 19 years old. Together, she and William Bentinck had five children; one of their sons became prime minister…

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February 11, 2021 Gardening for Health, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Should Botany Be Taught In Schools, Saving the Sakura, Darwin’s Most Wonderful Plants by Ken Thompson, and Garden-Inspired Verses About Love

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Today we celebrate a woman who was insatiable when it came to plants, and she is remembered forever with the Portland Rose. We’ll also learn about a famous speech given at a Vermont botanical club about why botany wasn’t taught in schools – and the reasons were pretty spot on. We hear a story about…

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Margaret Cavendish Bentinck

Margaret Cavendish Bentinck

The Duchess of Portland Today is the birthday of the British aristocrat, naturalist, plant lover, and botanist Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. Her family and friends called her Maria. Maria married when she was 19 years old. Together, she and William Bentinck had five children; one of their sons became prime minister twice. When…

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February 11, 2020 Penelope Hobhouse, Fertilizer Numbers, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, William Shenstone, Charles Daubeny, Winter Poems, A Botanist’s Vocabulary by Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell, Jute Twine, and February Folklore

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Today we celebrate a woman who was once the wealthiest woman in England, and she happily spent a fortune on plants. We also celebrate the man who transformed his family farm into a glorious garden. And, we’ll learn about the Oxford professor who is remembered by a flower known as the “Jewel of the Desert.”…

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