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Today we celebrate the birthday of a Russian Count who funded an expedition that led to the discovery of the California poppy. We’ll also learn about one of the country’s most beloved naturalists. We celebrate the life of the second woman to be professionally employed as a botanist in the United States. She died 100…

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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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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Aphra Behn (Books By This Author), the first professional woman playwright in Britain, whose novel ‘Oroonoko,’ played a crucial role in the development of English fiction, was buried in Westminster Abbey #OTD in 1689. Virginia Woolf wrote: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who…

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Henry Van Dyke

Here’s a little verse from Fisherman’s Luck by Henry Van Dyke from 1899. “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful…

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Francis Quarles

Here’s a little known poem for today about springtime called “Nothing Perfect on Earth” by Francis Quarles. Even as the soil (which April’s gentle showers  Have filled with sweetness and enriched with flowers)  Rears up her sucking plants, still shooting forth  The tender blossoms of her timely birth;  But if denied the beams of cheerly…

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Ogden Nash

Always Marry An April Girl by Ogden Nash (Books By This Author) Praise the spells and bless the charms, I found April in my arms. April golden, April cloudy, Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy; April soft in flowered languor, April cold with sudden anger, Ever changing, ever true — I love April, I love you.      …

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William Watson

An April poem that puts all others in shadow; is the lyrical “April” by William Watson. (Books By This Author)  England’s onetime poet laureate, he began the poem with the unforgettably beautiful expression which, reminds us that April is the girlish daughter of springtime: “April, April, laugh your girlish laughter, then, the moment after, weep your…

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John Greenleaf Whittier

The Mayflower is also the subject of a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (Books by this author) Here’s an excerpt: O sacred flowers of faith and hope, As sweetly now as then Ye bloom on many a birchen slope, In many a pine-dark glen. Behind the sea-wall’s rugged length, Unchanged, your leaves unfold, Like love behind the…

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In honor of Burrough’s first book – Wake-Robin, I found a little-known poem by Rebecca Salsbury Palfrey Utter (Books by this author) called The Wake-Robin.  Rebecca was the wife of a Chicago minister named David Utter. She was a selfless missionary who coined the term “Daughter of the King” in one of her more popular poems.…

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