Meriwether Lewis

Shoshone to Snowberries Today Meriwether Lewis discovered the Snowberry or Symphoricarpos albus. I love the story of how Lewis came across the Snowberry. Meriwether was really looking for the Shoshone Indians, but he found the Snowberry instead. Meriwether wrote in his journal that he discovered something like a small honeysuckle, except that it was bearing…

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Today we celebrate an early Swedish explorer of Niagara Falls. We’ll also learn about a plant that Thomas Jefferson loved. We salute the Russian botanist who arranged plants by geography. We also recognize the Czech, who became the most famous collector of orchids in the world. And, we’ll remember the lives of a British plant…

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Today we celebrate the man who suggested naming the Twinflower for Linnaeus and the botanist who gave Meriwether Lewis a crash course in botany. We’ll learn about the English writer who wrote, that, “God once loved a garden we learn in holy writ and seeing gardens in the spring, I well can credit it.” And…

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Today we celebrate the savior of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, and the fir tree described by Meriwether Lewis as “Fir No. 5.” We’ll learn about the man who discovered a plant that was called “the ugliest yet most botanically magnificent plant in the world” by Joseph Dalton Hooker. And, we celebrate the 124th birthday…

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Today we celebrate the man who wrote the Flora of North America from across the pond in London much to the chagrin of American botanists. We’ll learn about the Dutch botanist who discovered the phalaenopsis orchid and the coleus on the island of Java. Today’s Unearthed Words review some sayings about the month of February…

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Meriwether Lewis

The Expedition of The Missouri RIver #OTD  It was on this day in 1803 that President Thomas Jefferson sent a formal letter to his private secretary and aide, Meriwether Lewis.   Lewis was a captain in the first United States infantry. Jefferson wrote him to request that he might lead an expedition of the Missouri River.…

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There is nothing that can beat eating fresh food from the garden.   It seems every meal around here has fresh basil lettuce from the garden and little cherry tomatoes. Today, I was at my favorite olive oil store, and they sell this little gizmo called the Zip Slicer. You load it up with your…

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Meriwether Lewis

The Cottonwood Explorer #OTD  On this day, in 1805, Meriwether Lewis was just one day away from reaching the Great Falls of Missouri.   He wrote his own brief description of a species that was previously unknown to science.  He wrote, “The narrow-leafed cottonwood grows here in common with the other species of the same…

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Fragrance in the garden… The most fragrant blossoms include: Cheddar pinks (a member of the carnation family) Lavender Peony Gardenia Honeysuckle Hyacinth Lilac Mock Orange Daphne Bee balm       Brevities #OTD On this day, in 1805, Meriwether Lewis was just one day away from reaching the Great Falls of Missouri. He wrote his…

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Lewis and Dlark

The Nine-leaf lomatium, Lomatium triternatum #OTD Today, on May 6, 1806, along the banks of Idaho’s Clearwater River, Lewis and Clark discovered the Nine-leaf lomatium, Lomatium triternatum. A species of flowering plant in the carrot family and known by the common name nine leaf biscuitroot, the nine-leaf lomatium is so-named because each leaf divides into…

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