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Nineteenth Century Chrysanthemum Rage

How well I remember the Smith College annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show in Northampton, Massachusetts. It runs for a few weeks in November. The show is certainly worth a visit.  The number of plants in various arrangements and the colors of the flower…

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Vick Book Launch This Week

Twenty years ago I began my research on James Vick, the nineteenth-century Rochester, New York seed merchant. The more I read about him, the more interesting he became as a Victorian writer, horticulturist, and marketer, all rolled up into one…

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Spread of Nineteenth Century Flower Fever

I just finished reading Judith Taylor’s wonderful garden history book Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past. She tells a fascinating tale of nineteenth century plant hunting and breeding that changed the practice of horticulture both in Europe and the…

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