Linnaeus Day

Linnaeus Day I've always loved learning about the history of plants, the people behind their discovery or breeding, and the ways in which plants parallel and intersect our lives. I'll often find myself immersed in a book or website, reading about plants that I don't have any hope of ever growing in my own garden. At the same time, I remain ignorant of the history of the plants right outside my window.

To remedy this inexcusable situation, I have started the Linnaeus Day series here at From the Soil. Through its name, the series will honor Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus -- who is considered the father of modern botanical taxonomy. In preparation for each post, I will research the history, breeding and unique characteristics of a plant growing in my garden and share my new knowledge via a blog post. Linnaeus was born on  May 23, 1707, so Linnaeus Day will occur on the 23rd of each month.

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  1. Great idea, Chris! I'm kind of hopeless when it comes to botanical taxonomy, so here's to learning new things!

  2. This will be very interesting, Chris. Looking forward to it.

  3. Hi Christopher, I think your Linnaeus Day series of posts is a wonderful idea. I seriously think I should commit to joining you. Learning new things is always good.

    I have one day to think about it.

  4. Brilliant! I'm goign to try to figure out this Icon thing, then I'm in!