Monthly Archives: February 2008

What’s in a Name?

Giving flower names to girls at birth has a long history. Boys are less commonly named for plants, and then it is generally for trees (former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh comes to mind). Exceptions exist, including the rather Edwardian-sounding Eglantine, … Continue reading

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Forcing Spring

In the winter of 1994 the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York premiered its “Dutch Connection” exhibition, during which thousands of forced bulbs bloomed en masse in the conservatory of Eastman’s mansion. The mid-winter explosion of tulip, narcissus and … Continue reading

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