Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

Artificial Flowers Today is the anniversary of the death of poet Wallace Stevens Stevens said, “Death is the mother of beauty.  Only the perishable can be beautiful,  which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.” Stevens was one of the most skilled poets of the 20th Century. He lived his entire adult life near Elizabeth…

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August 2, 2020 How to Brighten Up the Garden with Hollyhocks, Thomas Gainsborough, Hawaii’s First Potato, John Bartram, Wallace Stevens, August Weather Folklore, How They Decorated by P. Gaye Tapp and Charlotte Moss, and Andrea Brunsendorf’s Container Recipe

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Today we remember the master landscape and portrait painter who grew up with a magnificent mulberry tree. We learn about the planting of the first potato in Hawaii, and the discovery of a tree named for Benjamin Franklin. We also remember the poet who was inspired not by his day job at an insurance company,…

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October 2, 2019 National Pumpkin Seed Day, Julius von Sachs, the HMS Beagle Returns Home, Patrick Geddes, Martha Brooks Hutcheson, Wallace Stevens, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver, Rhubarb, and Old Garden Stories

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Today is National Pumpkin Seed Day. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are native to the Americas. Archaeologists discovered them in Mexico in caves that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today, China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country.  Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein; a single cup provides 8-10 grams of…

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Moisture and Heat

Moisture and Heat

by Wallace Stevens Moisture and heat have swollen the garden into a slum of bloom.       Note: Today is the birthday of the American poet, Wallace Stevens, who was born on this day on this day in 1879.  Stevens grew up to be an insurance agent in Hartford, Connecticut, and he lived across…

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Only the Perishable

Only the Perishable

by Wallace Stevens Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.     Note: Today is the birthday of the American poet, Wallace Stevens, who was born on this day on this day in 1879.  Stevens grew up to be an insurance agent in Hartford, Connecticut, and he…

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A Walk Around the Lake

A Walk Around the Lake

by Wallace Stevens Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.     Note: Today is the birthday of the American poet, Wallace Stevens, who was born on this day on this day in 1879.  Stevens grew up to be an insurance agent in Hartford, Connecticut, and he lived across the street from…

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Death is the Mother of Beauty

Death is the Mother of Beauty

by Wallace Stevens Death is the mother of beauty.   Note: Today is the birthday of the American poet, Wallace Stevens, who was born on this day on this day in 1879.  Stevens grew up to be an insurance agent in Hartford, Connecticut, and he lived across the street from Elizabeth Park, which contains one…

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I Certainly do not Exist

Wallace Stevens

by Wallace Stevens Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers. Moisture and heat have swollen the garden into a slum of bloom. I certainly do not exist from nine to six,…

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Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

“Only the Perishable can be Beautiful” It’s the anniversary of the death of the poet Wallace Stevens who died on this day in 1955 Stevens said, “Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful; which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.” Stevens was one of the most skilled poets…

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