Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Victory Gardens, Plants & Farms talks

Over 25 talks this month are on Victory Gardens WWII (War Gardens WW1), Medieval & Colonial gardens, 2 on White House gardens, Indeginous food & plants and more. There are also many taped talks from the past year on gardens, seeds, sugar beets, Manoomin (Wild Rice), farms and a few on livestock and stone walls.


Apr 7 Wed 1:30-3 [10 weeks] The Origins and Evolution of Plants. Dr Mark Spencer, Forensic botanist and Botany Curator at The Linnean Society. Topics listed at link. £10 per talk or £60 for 10 SLBI HERE /

Apr 8 Thur 12 Frontyard Growers: Algonquian Farmers of Cape Ann. “the practices of 17th-century indigenous and colonial farmers on Cape Ann.” MA. Mary Ellen Lepionka. Backyard Growers HERE

Apr 8 Thur 12 Mediaeval Landscapes . “Beyond the Castle Gate: Parks & Gardens… food for the tables of castles and great houses, parks and gardens also had a highly symbolic and ritual element.” James Wright, Triskele Heritage UK HERE no tape

Apr 8 Thur 10-11:30PM Culinary History Panel: The Rise of Native American Foods. Elena Terry, Craig Torres, Crystal Wahpepah, Richard Foss. NEA/ Big Read. Culinary Historians of Southern California HERE

Apr 10 Sat 1 Planting Hope: The History of Victory Gardens and How to Plant Them. “This pre-recorded Facebook Premier program will be broadcast on the NMUSN Facebook page TAPE HERE National Museum of the United States Navy HERE

Apr 11 Sun 2-3:30 The Flora of the Pharaohs: Plants, Trees and Flowers of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt Alive $11.62 HERE /

Apr 14 Wed 1 Fantastic Foods. “Blueberries, barbecue, peanuts, pickles, and more! Learn where these North Carolina foods came from and who brought, grew, or created them.” Age 6-9, parents invited also. North Carolina Museum of History NC HERE

Apr 14 Wed 1-4 Goodness Grows in the Carolinas – A Sweet Potato Symposium. USDA ARS and North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission HERE

Apr 14 Wed 7 The Remarkable Life of Anna Kliest. Botanist (published works on north Georgia plants), Moravian missionary among the Cherokees, artist. Cherokee healers. Anna Rosina Kliest Gambold (1762 - 1821). Victoria Starbuck. The Moravian Historical Society HERE /

Ap 16 Fri 9-10:30AM Gardening Across the Pond. “Anglo-American exchanges of horticultural knowledge and plants, from the early settlers in Virginia through to prairie gardens in 21st century England.” Richard Bisgrove. Berkshire Gardens Trust. £5 HERE

Apr 17 Sat 1-7 Living Landscapes: Food Sovereignty, Racial Justice, and Environmentalism. “foraging … the colonial history of land conservation policies, green spaces and health disparities in over-policed communities of color, and ongoing efforts to preserve indigenous land practices and foodways here in New England.” Boston University Gastronomy Program. Full schedule and register HERE

Apr 21 Wed 5AM Indigenous food, fibre, and medicine plants. The plants “used by indigenous Australians” Richard Rowe. Environmental Planning Department City of Kingston AUS HERE

Ap 22 Thur 1 Around the World in 80 Plants. “pineapples were hired out for parties, or that there are fruit whose ripening responds to sound, or why bananas are perfect for nightclubs?” Jonathan Drori author. Linnean Society of London HERE

Apr 22 Thur 7 Historic Gardens at Historic Sites. Dean Norton of Mount Vernon. Virginia Garden month. NOVA Parks HERE

Apr 22 Thur 7 Victory Gardens During WWII. by Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Facebook Live (manitowoclibrary) Manitowoc Public Library WI HERE

Apr 27 Tue 4 Life on the Farm: Legacies of Dutch Colonial Brooklyn. “use unique archival material to tell stories of colonial family life, slavery, and power, and the lasting legacies of colonial Brooklynites.” Educators 1.5 CTLE credits. Brooklyn Connections. HERE

Apr 27 Tue 7-8:30 All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses. “the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all.” Author Marta McDowell. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens HERE

Apr 28 Wed 2:30-4 To Everything a Season? Seasonal food in Tudor England. Mark Dawson. Heritage Lincolnshire £8.14 HERE

Apr 28 Wed 10PM Local Farmers Markets. “Fourteen farmers markets are currently active in the greater Sacramento Region… past and present.” Renaissance Society HERE TAPE may be HERE

Apr 29 Thur 6:30 USBG at 200 (Part 1): Deeply Rooted. US Botanic Garden in DC started 1820. HERE

Apr 30 Fri 10:30-5:30 Gold, Sugar, Tobacco: The Stuff of the Early Modern Atlantic World. conference. Global Early Modern Studies HERE

May 3 Mon 10PM The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree. author Dr. Judith Taylor by Saratoga Historical Foundation HERE

May 5 Wed 9:30-11 PM Famine Foods: Plants We Eat to Survive. “examine alternative foods in human societies throughout the world, from hunter-gatherers to major nations.” Paul Minnis. University of Arizona Press HERE

May 13 Thur 1:30 The Earliest Botanic Gardens in the Middle East. Shahina Ghazanfar. London Natural History Society HERE TAPE HERE

May 14 Fri 6:30 History and Horticulture: Of Plants and Presidents. The White House Gardens Through the Years. East Hampton Library HERE

May 19 Wed 9-10am 2 short talks. How the British Imperial Trade in Rice Transformed Rural Southern India, Malarvizhi Jayanth. // Battling Banana Blight: A Multispecies Political Ecology of Panama Disease in Jamaica, 1911-1962 Matt Plishka. Culture, Things, and Empire Virtual Seminar Series UK HERE

Jun 29 Tue 1:30-3 The Gardens of Westminster Abbey. History, and proposal to be “closer to the monastic garden of herbs, vegetables, vines and fruit trees.” Jan Pancheri. The Thorney Island Society £10 HERE

Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon has been cooking at the hearth and will be back in the garden of the 1696 Massey House west of Philadelphia, where she has been taped working since May 2020 in the One Cool Colonial series. Upcoming and past 10 min. taped segments HERE




Apr 10 Sat 1 Planting Hope: The History of Victory Gardens and How to Plant Them. “This pre-recorded Facebook Premier program will be broadcast on the NMUSN Facebook page HERE on the date and time.” National Museum of the United States Navy HERE

Apr 22 Thur 7 Victory Gardens During WWII. by Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Facebook Live (manitowoclibrary) Manitowoc Public Library WI HERE

Digging into the History of Victory Gardens. Anastasia Day (topic for PhD at UDel). Austin Organic Gardeners TAPE HERE

Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow. LaManda Joy. Library of Congress TAPE HERE

Exploring Victory Gardens - How A Nation of Vegetable Growers Helped to Win the War. Judith Sumner. GBH forum Network (Boston’s WGBH TV) TAPE HERE

War Gardens (WWI), Victory Gardens (WWII) links to 3 original gardens, 3 recreated ones, and reading selections from 1917-1945 HERE


Colonial & Early American Gardens – great blog by Barbara W. Sarudy. And checkout the links to her other blogs HERE

Civil War Medicinal Gardens. Greg Susla. National Museum of Civil War Medicine. TAPE HERE

The Earliest Botanic Gardens in the Middle East. Shahina Ghazanfar. London Natural History Society. May 13 HERE TAPE HERE

Growing Personalities Gardens of Gunston Hall, Monticello, and Mount Vernon. Gunston. Facebook Aug 7 TAPE HERE

Foods of 18th-century tenant farmers. Gunston Hall, VA  cooking on a stove. Supplies list, worksheet (puzzle) build tenant farm. Aug 15 Tape HERE

Sugar beets Freedom from the New World: the invention of beet sugar. “history of sugar in the nineteenth century is generally told as a war between these two [beet and sugar cane] industries.” David Singerman, Manuel A. Bautista Gonz├ílez. BizHizCol Global Apr 6 2021 HERE TAPE will be HERE

How The Potato Changed The World. Potatoes: The Conquerer Crop. Rebecca Earle author of Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato Oct 2020 TAPE HERE

Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato. Rebecca Earle author. Cambridge University Press. Oct 2020 TAPE HERE

Irish Potato Famine, 1847-1852 TAPE HERE


Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. Barbara Barton. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor Oc 18 HERE TAPE will be HERE or HERE

Manoomin (Wild Rice). PBS documentary “about wild rice in the Ojibwe’s history and spiritual culture and the traditional procedures for harvesting, processing, and cooking wild rice in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.” Dr. Michael Loukinen Mar 2021 TAPE HERE


Garden: Collecting seeds. Gunston Hall, VA Joel Fry of Bartram's Garden (talked about Bartram, his Garden, and the 18th cen seed packets found at Woodlawn in Phila.) and Ryan Dostal talked about saving seeds, hand pollinating, and folding paper packets. A handout with items to 'do along'. Aug 22 TAPE HERE

Our Seeds are our Stories - Special Seed Week Event. The Gaia Foundation Jan 20 TAPE HERE

Seed Saving & Food Sovereignty. Indigenous communities across the globe. Grains & Revolution. Chatham University. PA Nov 5 TAPE HERE

Sharing Seeds: our first treaty. Beth Roach. Haudenosaunee Story of Creation. Alliance of Native Seedkeepers TAPE HERE

Eighteenth-Century Seeds & the Case for Greening Book History. Maria Zytaruk. The Library Company of Phila. Se 2020 HERE Se 2020 TAPE HERE


CA That Farm Town, Los Angeles. Charles Perry. Culinary Historians of Southern California. Jan 9 HERE TAPE HERE

NY Grassroots Leviathan: Agricultural Reform and the Rural North in the Slaveholding Republic. by author Dr. Ariel Ron. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Sept 10 HERE TAPE HERE

NY The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science and Capitalism in the Antebellum North. NY 1800-1861 Emily Pawley. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Dec 10 HEREcalendar TAPE HERE

PA Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes. author Sally McMurry talk on myriad of aspects from before 1800 to current. State Library of Pennsylvania Jan 11 HERE. Terrific talk TAPE HERE

DC Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C book by Kim Prothro Williams. Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Nov 18 TAPE HERE

UK Traditional Farm Buildings of the Yorkshire Dales . Such as “field barns.” James Brightman. Thornton-le-Street History UK Jan 21 HERE TAPE HERE

UK Historic Farmsteads on the Solway. 16-17th cen. very detailed layout, buildings, clay, stone. Dr Peter Messenger. Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. Dec 3 HERE TAPE HERE

History of Food Provisioning for Amsterdam. Early center of grain trade, 16th cen. Piet van Cruyningen and Koen van der Gaast. Food Council MRA Nov 18 TAPE HERE


Pig History and Big History. Jamie Kreiner author of Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West. Institute of Historical Research Dec 2 HERE TAPE HERE

The Craven Heifer: the biography of a beast. At the turn of the nineteenth century breed larger cattle, sheep, pigs that became status symbols, seen in paintings. Carl Griffin. Animal History Group IHR MAR 17 HERE TAPE may be HERE


Sermons in Stone: Stone Walls of New England. “In 1871 there were 252,539 miles of stone walls in New England and New York.” Often around farm fields. author Susan Allport. Falmouth Museums on the Green HERE Mar 25 TAPE HERE or earlier talk 2015 HERE

The History and Structure of Stone Walls. Talk and builds example using large pebbles. No ppt, in person. Kevin Gardner. Vermont libraries. Jan 8 2020 TAPE HERE

War Garden posters 1918 (reddish), 1939 from Library of Congress

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