William Shenstone

William Shenstone

Ornamented Farms November 18, 1714 Today is the birthday of the poet and Landscape gardener William Shenstone, who was born on this day in 1714. In the early 1740s, William inherited his family’s dairy farm, which he transformed into the Leasowes (“LEZ-zoes”). The transfer of ownership lit a fire under William, and he immediately started…

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November 18, 2020 Winter Garden Plants, William Shenstone, Leo Lesquereux, Asa Gray, Beverley Nichols, The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants by Kay Maguire, and Goldenrod

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Today we celebrate the man who was a gardener and a poet and he inspired the trend toward the picturesque natural Landscape. We’ll also learn about the Swiss botanist who specialized in mosses. We’ll remember the birthday of the Father of American botany. We’ll take a look back at a popular November fruit – I…

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William Shenstone

William Shenstone

Ornamented Farm Today is the anniversary of the death of poet and landscape gardener William Shenstone In the early 1740s, Shenstone inherited his family’s dairy farm, which he transformed into the Leasowes (pronounced ‘lezzoes’). The transfer of ownership lit a fire under Shenstone, and he immediately started changing the land into a wild landscape -…

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February 11, 2020 Penelope Hobhouse, Fertilizer Numbers, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, William Shenstone, Charles Daubeny, Winter Poems, A Botanist’s Vocabulary by Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell, Jute Twine, and February Folklore

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Today we celebrate a woman who was once the wealthiest woman in England, and she happily spent a fortune on plants. We also celebrate the man who transformed his family farm into a glorious garden. And, we’ll learn about the Oxford professor who is remembered by a flower known as the “Jewel of the Desert.”…

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William Shenstone

William Shenstone

Going Against Garden “Norms” Today is the birthday of the poet and Landscape gardener William Shenstone, who was born on this day in 1714. In the early 1740s, Shenstone inherited his family’s dairy farm, which he transformed into the Leasowes (pronounced ‘lezzoes’). The transfer of ownership lit a fire under Shenstone, and he immediately started…

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November 18, 2019 The National Trust Cover Photo, The Feminine History of Botany, William Shenstone, Leo Lesquereux, Asa Gray, Kim Wilde, Margaret Atwood, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Boot Tray reboot and Cranberry Frenzy in 1843

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Today we celebrate the gardener who turned his farm into a picturesque wonder and the Swiss botanist who survived a fall from a mountaintop that foreshadowed a life of highs and lows. We’ll learn about the American botanist Darwin confided in two years before he shared his theory with the rest of the world and…

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