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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

December 10, 2014

From the garden: A new apprentice and a sheltering table

I am happy to announce that Emily Nelson has joined us as Garden Apprentice.  She has traveled from the far western territory known to the natives as Idaho where she completed an academic course in the Natural Sciences and now resides, with her family, in the city of Williamsburg.

Emily Nelson

We were first introduced …

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December 2, 2014

From the Garden: A Trio of Tupelos

I walked out the other day to observe the fruit on the tupelo trees about town; that is the female tupelo trees for the Nyssa genera is composed entirely of dioecious plants in which the male and female flowers (in accordance with Mr. Linnaeus’s plan) are carried on separate individuals and, as in the animal …

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November 26, 2014

From the Garden: Of Pickles and ‘Chokes

While I was away last week Williamsburg experienced the first hard frost of the season, the temperature falling to20 degrees on Mr. Fahrenheit’s scale.

This weather is somewhat cooler than is normal at this time of year but not entirely unexpected for the vagaries of the weather are like the whims of a spoiled maiden, ever …

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November 12, 2014

From the Garden: Whiting the Cos

Paris Island Cos

Now that the weather has cooled we can begin whiting the Cos.

This is the most ancient form of lettuce, named for the Isle of Kos in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey. From there it was transported to Italy and from Italy to the rest of Europe, where it was known …

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November 5, 2014

From the Garden: Of Bushel, Butter and Lima Beans

This we took down the bean trellis and harvested the last of the butter beans this week, one of the finest products of the fall garden and a fitting end to the summer season.

Bean trellis in midsummer

Originally known to Virginia colonists as Bushel or Sugar beans they are more commonly known today as …

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October 28, 2014

From the Garden: A Persian Pleasure

The pomegranates are now in their perfection.

Pomegranate fruit

Many visitors to Williamsburg are surprised to see this exotic fruit in the garden, but the pomegranate has a long history in Virginia.

Pomegranates were first recorded in Virginia by Robert Beverley in 1705 and George Wythe of Williamsburg made a present of pomegranate trees to his …

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