The Columbian Orator was the first book Frederick Douglass, nee Bailey, bought while living in Baltimore, Maryland.  After he published his first of three auto-biographies, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he went to Ireland to escape his would-be-captors.  Hear his story as told by Ann Coughlan, a Frederick Douglass scholar as the […]

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Crotons, Birds of Paradise, teas and spices, were all sought after by the explorers of the “New World.”  How did the explorers bring the seeds back to their mother country using the Wardian Case?  Conservatories and greenhouses were modeled on the Crystal Palace built in 1851 to showcase the plants discovered.  

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Site specific abstract metal sculpture designed and created by Mary Ann Mears was display at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Mears created “Red Buoyant” in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, and “Imagination Station” in Bethesda, Maryland. Her work is inspired by nature, growing natural forms.  

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Freedom’s Gardener, James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America, by Myra B. Young Armstead, is a book about a slave who became a master gardener and died a freeman.  James F. Brown kept diaries between 1829-1866.  Professor of History at Bard College, NY, Armstead brings to light how the citizens of the […]

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A friend gave me the book, “A Walk Through My Garden” edited by Whitney Scott. I was looking for my Mother and came upon a poem, “Roses for My Mother,” by Evewlyn Lewis-Chase. Her endearing poem promoted my musing and picture … Mothers of Roses Bring Beauty Bring Sorrow Mothers of Roses Make Gardeners of […]

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