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The History, Lore and Traditions of Roses, by Melody Rose

No flowering plant in history is as beloved as the rose. It has been cherished and revered for millennia.

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PlantFiles: Orange Coneflower 'Orange Meadowbrite' (Echinacea )

Orange Coneflower 'Orange Meadowbrite'

(Echinacea )

This habit of this coneflower is like its parent the western prairie coneflower: thin leaves and petals and stems like a...
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Geo Seed (

Review by damoller:

They also sell perennials and ornamental grass seed. I have been buying from them for 12 years now. Their seed is clean and...
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BirdFiles: White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

White-winged Scoter

(Melanitta deglandi)

Montrose Harbor April 16, 2009. Photos on my Flickr page. Screen name DrLensCap...
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BugFiles: Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth (Cucullia asteroides)

Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth

(Cucullia asteroides)

Host Plants: Flowers of asters, goldenrods and other composites....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Breshears Florist & Nursery

5 stars
Good selections, reasonable prices, friendly and knowledgeable service. Experience gained over several years....
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Gardening Book: 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Review by starkbros:

This book is a complete 200-year history of the Stark family members who were involved in the business, starting in 1816,...
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  Today in history: February 6  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Is your fig tree dropping a lot of leaves? It may be part of its natural cycle, or it may be sending out a distress signal. Inspect it for signs of scales or other pests or diseases.

1617: Prospero Alpini (Latinized to Prosper Alpinus), Italian botanist, died at age 63. He pursued botany with explorations along the Nile and wrote "De Plantis Egypti Liber", later republished as "Historiae Naturalis Egypti".

1783: Lancelot (Capability) Brown, died in London at age 67. He was a proponent of the English style of landscaping and was responsible for over 150 gardens in Britain. He was called "capability" because he often told his clients their estates had "capability for improvement."

1796: John Stevens Henslow, British clergyman and botanist, was born. He showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine.

1818: Dr. William Paul Crillon (P.C.) Barton applied for (and received) the position of Professor of Natural History and Botany at the University of Pennsylvania, beating out Mr. Constantine Samuel Rafinesque.

1875: The Freedom Horticultural Society was organized in Wisconsin, with twelve members present.

1963: The Crimson Sweet watermelon was commercially introduced. It was created by Charles V. Hall of Kansas State University.

2000: Dr. Robert (Bob) Kenneth Godfrey, American botanist died at the age of 88. He taught botany at Florida State University and published several books on southeastern U.S. plants. Several species are named in his honor.

2002: Gardenology was launched as an encylopedia of gardening terminology. It would grow to contain thousands of agricultural, horticultural and basic farm and garden terminology, with illustrations and definitions shared by real-life gardeners.

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