Thomas Nuttal

Adventures in Mackinac  On this day, a 24-year-old botanist named Thomas Nuttal jumped in a birch bark canoe with Aaron Greeley, the deputy surveyor of the territory of Michigan, and they paddled to Mackinac Island arriving two weeks later on August 12. Thomas spent several days on Mackinac – He was the first real botanist…

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Today we remember the botanist who jumped in a birch bark canoe with Aaron Greeley and paddled to Mackinac Island 110 years ago today. We’ll also learn about the woman who was a housewife until the age of 48 and then transformed into one of Australia’s leading naturalists. We celebrate the artist who died today…

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Do you have children or grandchildren? A Peter Rabbit Garden is a lovely idea for you to consider. Of course, Peter Rabbit is the creation of Beatrix Potter, who was a noted botanist and mycologist. (A mycologist studies fungi). Potter’s garden was located at Hill Top Farm. In making your Peter Rabbit garden, you could…

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Thomas Nuttal

The First Botanist of Michigan On April 12, 1810, Thomas Nuttal, just 24 years old, left Philadelphia by coach. He had recently immigrated from England, and Professor Benjamin Smith Barton of the University of Philadelphia wanted him to spend the next two years studying the flora of the Northwest. Given a salary of $8 per…

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