|0000: Today's Hortiscope: Just because it's cold doesn't mean your plants aren't thirsty. If there's rain in your recent past or future, they should be fine. But if not, look for a warm(er) day and give them some water. Just be sure to detatch and drain the hose when you're done.|
1780: Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, died at the age of 72. He succeeded Frederik Ruysch as the Professor of Botany at Amsterdam, as well as director of the Amsterdam Botanic Garden; he was also a friend and correspondent of Linnaeus.
1868: John Christopher Willis, English botanist, was born at Birkenhead, England. He would become the director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Ceylon, and member of the Linnaean Society.
1890: Dr. Charles Christopher Parry, botanist known as the King of Colorado Botany, died at his home at Davenport, Iowa at the age of 66. He botanized with the U.S. Mexican Boundary Survey. Parry Peak in Colorado, along with numerous plants are named for him.
1902: Ansel Adams, photographer, was born in San Francisco. He would become renowned for his black-and-white photographs of the American west.
1904: Emile Laurent, Belgian botanist, died on a steamer, just off the coast of Sierra Leone following his third expedition into the Congo in central Africa. Several species are named in his honor.
1910: James John Howard Gregory, American seedsman, died at age 82 in his hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Gregory introduced a green Hubbard squash and the first cherry tomato to the seed trade. In 1875, he purchased the rights to the "best white potato" from Luther Burbank for $150; he named the potato 'Burbank' to honor the hybridizer.
1933: The Utah legislature adopted the blue spruce (Picea pungens) as its official state tree.
1962: Cecil Frederick Patterson, head of the horticulture department at the University of Saskatchewan, died at age 70. He was known for his work on hardy fruit and hybrid lilies.
1987: Thomas Roy created the "Hoodie-Hoo" holiday for the Northern Hemisphere. He submitted it to Chase's Calendar of Events and later copyrighted it. At noon (local time), those celebrating the holiday go outside and wave at the sun to encourage spring to begin.
1995: West Virginia declared the apple the official state fruit.
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