20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

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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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

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

The Raphael of Flowers #OTD   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 draftsmen to Queen Marie Antoinette. One…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

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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