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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

One of my favorite places to visit is the Chicago Botanical Gardens. It's just so serene and pretty there; I could spend all day just strolling around. Pretty soon it will be spring and everything will be in full bloom. I can't wait!

In the meantime, here are some fun facts about gardens...

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed."

HINT: (1819-1982), American poet, essayist and journalist.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The ancient Chinese and Greeks grew fruit trees, vegetables and herbs in gardens for food and for medicines.

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In the 1500s there were five famous botanical gardens in Europe designed to study and grow herbs for medicine.

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Carolus Clusius set up a famous flower garden in Leiden in Holland in the late 1500s. Here the first tulips from China were grown and the Dutch bulb industry began.

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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew near London were made famous by Sir Joseph Banks in the late 1700s for their extensive collection of plants from around the world.

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Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-83) was a famous English landscape gardener. He got his nickname by telling clients that their gardens had excellent 'capabilities'.

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The earliest flowerbeds were the borders of flower tufts Ancient Persians grew along pathways.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed."

ANSWER: Walt Whitman.

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