20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the young botanist who disappeared in Australia 171 years ago and the pioneering female lichenologist who worked for the British Museum but was never officially on the payroll. We’ll learn about the French botanist who had a life-long love affair with the trees of North America and the Los Angeles woman who…

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Spring Arbutus

by Neltje Blanchan Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring – that delicious commingling of the perfume of arbutus, the odor of pines, and the snow – soaked soil just warming into life.     Note: Today is the birthday of the nature writer and poet Neltje Blanchan, who was born…

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by Neltje Blanchan Long after their associates have gone southward, they linger like the last leaves on the tree.   It is indeed “good-bye to summer” when the bluebirds withdraw their touch of brightness from the dreary November landscape at the north to whirl through the southern woods and feed on the waxy berries of the…

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