09/15/14 12:00pm
HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO | Alice Eastwood in 1927.

HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO |
Alice Eastwood in 1927.

Alice Eastwood was a plantsman.

She was born in 1859 in Toronto, Canada. Her mother died when she was six and she was cared for in a convent for most of her childhood. In 1873, at the age of 14, she moved with her remaining family members to the United States. (more…)

09/05/14 10:00am
PHILIPP WEIGELL PHOTO | The Regal Lily in bloom.

PHILIPP WEIGELL PHOTO |
The Regal Lily in bloom.

Carl Linnaeus, often thought of as the father of modern botany, was born in 1707 and grew up in a small Swedish village. He was the son of the local pastor and from the age of eight, he was obsessed with making lists. (more…)

09/02/14 12:00pm
PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE | Alexander von Humboldt, detail of an 1843 painting by Joseph Stieler.

PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE |
Alexander von Humboldt, detail of an 1843 painting by Joseph Stieler.

They were eaten by tigers and crocodiles, murdered by unfriendly locals, slept alone in jungles and were often racked by fevers of unknown origin.

The plant hunters of bygone centuries all suffered from the same disease. They called it “botanomania.” They risked their lives in the search for the unknown plant, which was apparently an irresistible attraction. (more…)

08/14/14 12:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |  Statuary at Marika’s on South Ferry Road.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |
Statuary at Marika’s on South Ferry Road.

Depending on how you feel about art inside the house, those same views should determine how you feel about art in the garden.

Any bed in the garden is the same as a room in the house and any tree can fill in for a wall — it won’t mind if you nail something to it. (The only thing a tree really cares about isn’t being punctured, it’s being strangled. If you tie something around it tight and it has to grow against it, eventually its circulation will be cut off and it will indeed come to an end.) (more…)