A Song of October

A Song of October

by Phebe Ann Holder The softened light, the veiling haze, The calm repose of autumn days, Steal gently over the troubled breast, Soothing life’s weary cares to rest. — Phebe Ann Holder, New England poet, A Song of October         November 27, 1824 Today is the birthday of the New England poet…

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One Fine October Morning

by Anonymous One fine October morning In September, last July The sun lay thick upon the ground The snow shone in the sky The flowers were singing gaily The birds were full in bloom So I went down to the cellar To clean the upstairs room — Anonymous As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words…

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John Evelyn

John Evelyn

The Detailed Diary of John Evelyn Today is the birthday of the English Gardner and writer John Evelyn who was born on this day in 1620.  Evelyn kept a detailed diary for 66 years, and he had an excellent understanding of trees. In 1664, Evelyn wrote a treaty called A Discourse of Forest Trees. It was…

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John Keats

John Keats

Ode to Autumn Today is the birthday of the English romantic lyric poet John Keats who was born in 1795. During his short life, (Keats died from tuberculosis at the age of 25), his poems didn’t make much of a mark.   But after his death, Keat’s reputation grew, and today, he is considered one…

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Richard Morris Hunt

Richard Morris Hunt

The Gilded Age Architect Today is the anniversary of the death of Richard Morris Hunt, who was an American architect during the gilded age.  Gardeners know Hunt for his collaborations with the Frederick Law Olmsted. They worked together on the Vanderbilt mausoleum and the Chicago world‘s fair. Their ultimate collaboration occurred in Asheville, North Carolina,…

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Charles Totty

Charles Totty

Fifth Avenue Flowers On this day in 1913, the horticulturist Charles Totty received a medal from the New York Horticultural Society for developing a new rose called “Shell Pink Shawyer.” Totty immigrated to the United States from England. He was known as CH to his friends Totty was a shrewd businessman. On April Fools’ Day…

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Andrew Jackson Downing

Andrew Jackson Downing

A Founder of American Lanscape Architecture Today is the birthday of Andrew Jackson Downing, who was born on this day in 1815. Downing was an American horticulturist and the author of The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America, which came out in 1845. He also served as the editor of a magazine called The Horticulturist.   Regarded as…

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Woodbines In October

Red Virginia Creeper

by Charlotte Fiske Bates As dyed in blood, the streaming vines appear, While long and low the wind about them grieves; The heart of autumn must have broken here And poured Its treasure out upon the leaves. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of…

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Corn and Grain

Wiccan Harvest Chant Corn and grain, corn and grain, All that falls shall rise again.     As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth Lawrence

Bud and Blossom Bonaro Overstreet once wrote, “Autumn asks that we prepare for the future —that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.” This little saying had me thinking of the gardener Elizabeth Lawrence. In late October…

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Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram

Collingwood "Cherry" Ingram

Cherry Blossom Botanist Today is the birthday of the British botanist Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram, who was born on this day in 1880. Since he was a child, Ingram was obsessed with cherry blossoms. He spent most of his adult life devoted to their cultivation and preservation. In 1926, Ingram traveled to Japan, hoping to find…

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Alice Eastwood

Alice Eastwood

A Curator of Botany Today is the anniversary of the death of the Canadian American self-taught botanist Alice Eastwood who died on this day in 1953.  Eastwood is remembered for saving almost 1500 specimens from a burning building following the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Afterward, she wrote about the specimens that didn’t make it:…

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Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley

The Impressionist Landscape Painter Today is the birthday of Alfred Sisley, who was born on this day in 1839. Sisley was an impressionist landscape painter. He painted landscapes almost exclusively, and he especially loved natural, untouched scenes. Gardeners enjoy his paintings called A Garden Path and The Kitchen Garden.     This post was featured…

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George Plummer Burns

George Plummer Burns

The Rules for Landscaping Today is the birthday of the botanist George Plummer Burns who was born on this day in 1871. Burns was the chairman of the UVM botany department. He also had served as the superintendent of the park department for Burlington, Vermont. When I was researching Burns, I stumbled on a newspaper…

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