Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté

The Flower Painter January 14, 1825 On this day, King Charles X honored the Belgian botanical illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté with the Legion of Honor. Redouté was born into a Flemish family of painters. His family made a living by creating paintings for the home and for the church. Today, Redouté is one of the most…

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January 14, 2021 The Transformation of a Yorkshire Garden, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Marie-Anne Libert, Appreciating the Dandelion, A Taste for Nightshade by Martine Bailey and the Louisiana Garden Expert: Joe White

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Today we celebrate one of my favorite botanical painters. We’ll also learn about a botanist who was one of the first female plant pathologists. We’ll hear some thoughts on the humble dandelion. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a fun fiction book that incorporates masterful recipes, mystery, secrets, conflict, and the garden. And then we’ll…

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January 5, 2021 How to Make a White Berry Wreath, the Glastonbury Thorn, Robert More, Henry Arthur Bright, Hyacinth Vases, A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year by Jane Hunter, and How to Wassail Apple Trees

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Today we celebrate an iconic tree of England – a holy tree with biblical and cultural significance. We’ll also learn about a botanist whose last name is similar to the surname of Carl Linnaeus’s in-laws – and that has caused some confusion over the years. We’ll take a look back at some unflattering words about…

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November 26, 2020 Proper Watering, Jean-Jacques de Mairan, George Ellwanger, Washington Atlee Burpee, Sarah Addison Allen, John Evelyn, Aileen Fisher, Wall Art Made Easy by Barbara Ann Kirby and Ruth Myrtle Patrick

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Today we celebrate the man who proved plants have a circadian rhythm. We’ll also learn about the nurseryman who helped establish Rochester, New York, as a “City in a Forest.” We’ll remember the pioneer seedsman who started the largest mail-order seed company in the world. We celebrate Thanksgiving with some verses about this time of…

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté

The Raffaele of Flowers King Charles X honored the Belgian botanical illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté with the Legion of Honor. To this day, Redouté is one of the most renowned flower painters of all time. Redouté was born into a Flemish family of painters. Growing up, his family supported themselves by creating paintings for the home…

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January 14, 2020 Wes Shaw of Horniman Gardens, Richard Wilford on Alpines, Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Henri Fantin-Latour, Walter Hood Fitch, A Garden of Marvels by Ruth Kassinger, 3-Vase Propagation Station, and January’s birth flowers

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Today we celebrate the Father of Paleobotany and the botanical illustrator honored by King Charles X. We’ll learn about the botanical painter who got sick of painting flowers (he’d painted 800 of them) and the botanical illustrator who worked for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Kew Gardens. Today’s Unearthed Words feature the hidden (and often unappreciated)…

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté

The Raphael of Flowers Twenty years after the death of Joseph Banks, the “Raphael of flowers,” Pierre-Joseph Redouté died.   He was known for his watercolors of roses and lilies. He’s often referred to as the greatest botanical illustrator of all time.   He was an official court draftsman to Queen Marie Antoinette. One evening…

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June 19, 2019 Iris, Joseph Banks, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Theodore Payne, Elbert Green Hubbard, James Matthew Barrie, Reader’s Digest New Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, and New Work Gloves

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Irises are in full bloom right now. Although there are around 300 species of iris, Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris are two of the most common types of irises grown. Iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow. During the Middle Ages, irises were linked to the French monarchy, and the fleur-de-lis…

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