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Famous European Gardeners You Need to Know.
No image could be found.This great man wrote the book Naturalis Historia, a huge collection of books that is the forerunner of all those huge and bulky plant encyclopedias. He also wrote the first two series of books - clocking in at 10 and 8 volumes...
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A Short History of the Garden
The gardens were built by King Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC for his wife. The only gardens that they bothered with were to decorate temples and public areas. For what the Greeks lacked in private gardens, they gained in the sheer volume of literature...
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Mistletoe: Some Interesting Facts and Legends
In fact, it does affect the nervous system and is quite toxic, so keep out of the reach of children and pets.The Norse legend of mistletoe revolves around the god Baldr. So go ahead, hang a sprig in your doorway and give your sweetie a kiss this season!
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Tropical Fruit - A Culinary Odyssey
Well, at least no clear-headed, well fed, "civilized" man had eaten before. People the world over, who have been lucky enough to enjoy this fruit ripe off the tree have created a demand that brings a $45.00 per pound price tag in some places.
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Making an Olla, Utilizing Ancient Technology in the Garden!
It dries very quickly.Apply your glue to the other pot rim. I needed shallow trays of water (I used the bottoms of window boxes) to soak the rims for a few seconds.Take a pinch of the epoxy putty – it comes in a tube, and has two parts, one rolled around...
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Legends and Lore Concerning Butterflies
If a caterpillar is removed from a host plant and placed on another species, it will die. This is called 'puddling'. Butterflies are most active where it is warm, so it is no wonder that the flowers they prefer are sun-loving as well.Give butterflies...
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Poinsettias: A Holiday Tradition
The Poinsettia is one of the most recognized symbols of this time of year and people around the world enjoy their beauty. They perfected a grafting technique that revolutionized propagation.
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Sherry--What it is, How it\'s Made, and How to Use it
Maybe it's time you gave sherry a try. Although the Koran forbids alcohol, local rulers varied in their enforcement of that rule. Connoisseurs consider sherry to be an under-appreciated type of wine.
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Be a Tulip Maniac! It\'s Time to Shop for Spring Color
The speculative bubble of Tulip Mania may have burst centuries ago, but Tulipa mania is alive and well in the hearts of gardeners everywhere! With bulbs going on sale now, this is a great time to join in the excitement.
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Buck Roses (Well, maybe not quite THAT cheap!)
She told Buck how to hybridize roses and urged him to give it a try. He decided on a whim to simply write to a name and address he found in a library book. The resulting friendship would span three generations with the Dot family.
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Canola: Where Does it Come From?
Some people call it "the healthiest oil." Others say, "olive oil comes from olives and peanut oil from peanuts. Whether it is or not, it now accounts for one-third all oils sold in the whole world.
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From Aristotle to Linnaeus: the History of Taxonomy
Linnaeus himself undertook much work in the field, and he was even more influential through his students, whom he sent around the world to gather specimens.If Linnaeus is now considered the father of taxonomy, his success rested on the work of his predecessors.
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The Wardian Case
Unfortunately, such plant shipments often failed tosurvive the harsh conditions once stowed aboard a sailing ship. He was intrigued to notice that the daytime sun caused moisture to collect at the top of the bottle, then run back down into the soil at...
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The Medieval Garden
Benedict's rules state that “Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor.” When they were not praying, monks were expected to perform the many tasks necessary to maintain the monastery.
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Part Two of Hemingway\'s Key West Home and Gardens
This was once the dwelling place of Nobel Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway. His outstanding short stories, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber were created in the studio as well.
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Part One of Ernest Hemingway\'s Key West Home and Gardens
The Keys contain around 1,700 islands. There are flowering plants, lovely waterfalls and trees to admire as well. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, BostonErnest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F.
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The Benzoin Tree
When a tree reaches about seven years of age, workers slash it with a hatchet, or cut deep triangular holes in the bark with a knife, and the resin, a yellowish white to reddish brown fluid, begins to flow, and as it does, it hardens into tears, or lumps.
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100 Years of Bloom: The National Cherry Blossom Festival
In 2011, the National Park Service presented the Japan Cherry Blossom Association with 120 trees propagated from the 1912 survivors, helping to guarantee the survival of this especially beautiful strain.The capital's floral display became significantly...
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Is the Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit
Eggplant and squash are botanical fruits.Botanically, a vegetable is any member of the vegetable kingdom. Sometimes fruits are sweetened further with sugar. Vegetables are often flavored with salt.
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Dave\'s Garden Book Review: A Rose by Any Name
'' are all have a tale. Regardless, roses were touted to cure everything from baldness, pallid complexions and 'female hysteria', to rabies. Their stories have made them quite popular.
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Attractive, Artistic and Amazingly Adaptable: Amaranthus in the garden
Amaranth seeds make a nutitritious, gluten-free food and can also be bought at health food stores nation-wide.Whether you're looking for landscaping you can eat, a colorful salad green, a hotweather ornamental, a Victorian-style garden plant, or a nutrient-packed...
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Big thoughts about little evolution: microevolution
His name is closely identified with theories of evolution and the terms like "survival of the fittest" and "natural selection." Usually when you think of Darwinian evolution, you think about things like apes or chimpanzees evolving into humans, and about...
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St. Fiacre, Patron Saint of Gardeners
During the Dark Ages, monasteries were repositories of learning, and it is here that Fiacre became a skillful user of healing herbs. Supposedly, the woman's jealousy caused Fiacre to implement a ban on women from his monastery.
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Crazy For Coleus: History and Care
An old Victorian parlor plant makes a 21st century comeback! Coleus is enjoying a new popularity with colorful hybrids and sun tolerant landscape varieties. Reading through the cultivars names is a treat in itself.
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In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue: The Columbian Exchange
Contagious diseases jumped back and forth from human to animal, or from animal to human. Many plants (and animals) evolved extremely similarly although separated by oceans; consider the yam from Africa and the South American sweet potato, for instance,...
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Plant Pronunciation, Part 1: People Plants
If you're in doubt, just call heuchera by its common name, coral bells!"100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names"; Diana Wells; 1997; Algonquin BooksAnd thanks to these DG members for the use of their photos:
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Plant Pronunciation, Part 2: Botanical Tongue Twisters and Other Pronunciation Struggles
In Part 2, we'll tackle a few tongue twisters and address some other common plant name slip-ups. Not for Sissies -- Sisyrinchium, Anemone and Other Tongue TwistersPlease join me next month for the last article in my pronunciation round-up:“Plant Pronunciation,...
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Thanksgiving, the All-American Holiday
As the holiday spread throughout the country, regional produce and seasonings have contributed each area's own unique flavor variations to the menu.“The First Thanksgiving” , c.
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Joyce Kilmer: His \
Take a moment today to gaze into the branches of a favorite tree. The popularity of the simple poem "Trees" enhanced Kilmer's speaking career. It became known to millions after it was set to music.
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