March 8, 2021 Build an Affordable Grow Light System, André Michaux, William Roscoe, Getting Wisteria to Bloom, Floral Libations by Cassie Winslow, and Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe

20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate a French botanist and explorer who became an accomplished botanist after losing his wife. We’ll also learn about the man remembered in the late spring/summer-flowering genus Roscoea (ross-COE-ee-uh), which includes extremely fragrant herbaceous perennials in the Zingiberaceae “Zin- jah-bah-RAY-see-ee” or ginger family. We hear an excerpt from a delightful book about pruning…

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Plants Inspired by People


And it was on this day in 1950 that The Ithaca Journal out of Ithaca New York published a question from a reader.   The reader wanted an answer to this question: Please list a few plants that are named for people. The answer: The poinsettia was named ‘for Joel R. Poinsett, a famous statesman.  …

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