It was in the late 1920s that Dr. John K. Small of The New York Botanical Garden, brought these swamp beauties to the attention of the horticultural world, proclaiming them the most important botanical discovery of the generation.
It’s beautiful, too. Click through for pictures and more of this pretty swamp iris’ fascinating history.
“It is exciting to me to design this space in a theatrical way. The flowers are like actors on the stage. I provide the framework for the beauty of them.”—Scott Pask, Tony-award winning set designer and designer of The Orchid Show: On Broadway, explains his design to Luxist's Susan Kime.
Robert S. Williams, an early administrator at The New York Botanical Garden, instructs schoolchildren on mosses and ferns in the Garden’s Forest. We’re unsure about the exact date of this photograph but it was taken circa 1911. The children—almost all of them, anyway—seem interested in their lesson.
What do you guys think about this article? Do you agree that hybrids are better to grow because they’re more vigorous? Or do you prefer the challenge and historical perspective you get from growing heirloom varieties?
“I remember my niece, when she was first born, and the great irony of her learning how to walk by holding onto tomato plants and how to count with cherry tomatoes. When a kid grows up that way and is involved with seeing something grow and seeing something die and seeing something be reused, it’s a different kind of upbringing.”—Jake Gyllenhaal, Edible Schoolyard spokesman and school garden evangelist
Mud season—that crazy time of year here in the Northeast when gardeners must sit on their hands and not rush into planting things outdoors lest they compact the soil or freeze a batch of seedling—is upon us. The great guys over at Hudson Valley Seed Library have a wonderful poem that just might help you pass the days until it’s finally safe to place that first pea into the ground.
I will tuck in my cuffs and pull on high boots and kneel carefully To preserve my muddy adorations of March. I will build an altar to the mud.
Need a dose of color? Then head over to The Gardener’s Eden for Michaela’s brilliant (and brilliantly hued) wrap-up featuring so many of the gorgeous flowers we’ll be seeing around in the Northeast in a couple of weeks.