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On Saturday morning 15 Generous Gardener volunteers planted 2,000 tulip bulbs at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. The bulbs were purchased from proceeds from the annual Garden Tour with some funds from the Fishermen’s Wives. Thank you to all who came to help. Stay tuned for significantly expanded gardens after the seawall project is complete!
Dave Marsh submits-
Here is a picture of a Sweet Bay Magnolia flower on a tree in my yard.
The Sweet Bay is an interesting plant/tree .
Magnolia virginiana in Massachusetts
by PETER DEL TREDICI
The sweet bay magnolia swamp in Gloucester, Massachusetts has
been a botanical shrine since its discovery in 1806 Early New England
naturalists and botanists of all types, from Henry David
Thoreau to Asa Gray, made pilgrimages to the site of this northernmost
colony of Magnolia virginiana L.* (fig. 1). The local residents of
Gloucester were so impressed with a “southern” plant growing this far
north that they changed the name of the Kettle Cove section of the
town to Magnolia in the mid-1800s. It is probably no coincidence that
this name change occurred at the same time the area was starting up
its tourist trade.
In addition to its isolation, the Gloucester Magnolia population was
remarkable for having escaped notice until 1806 in an area that was
settled in 1623. This fact has led at least one author to speculate that
the colony was not wild but escaped from a cultivated plant (Anonymous,
1889). However, the overwhelming consensus of earlier
botanists is that the population is, in fact, native. Whatever its origin,
the swamp remains today the unique and mysterious place it has been
for almost 200 years.
Very little has been written about the magnolia swamp in recent
years. The latest, and best, article about it was written by Dr George
Kennedy, and appeared in 1916 in Rhodora, the journal of the New
England Botanical Club. Dr. Kennedy summarized the history of the
stand, and cleared up the confusion about who discovered it by publishing
a letter he found, written by the Honorable Theophilus Parsons to
the Reverend Manassah Cutler in 1806. The letter captures the emotion
of the moment of discovery:
Reverend and Dear Sir:
In niding through the woods in Gloucester, that are between
Kettle Cove and Fresh Water Cove I discovered a
flower to me quite new and unexpected in our forests. This
was last Tuesday week [July 22, 1806]. A shower approaching
prevented my leaving the carriage for examination, but
on my return, on Friday last, I collected several of the
flowers, in different stages, with the branches and leaves,
and on inspection it is unquestionably the Magnolia glauca
Mr. Epes Sargent has traversed these woods for flowers and
not having discovered it, supposes it could not have been
there many years. It was unknown to the people of Gloucester
and Manchester until I showed it to them. I think you
have traversed the same woods herborizing. Did you discover
it? If not, how long has it been there? It grows in a
swamp on the western or left side of the road as you go from
Manchester to Gloucester, and before you come to a large
hill over which the road formerly passed. It is so near the
road as to be visible even to the careless eye of the traveler.
Supposing the knowledge of this flower, growing so far
north, might gratify you, I have made this hasty communication.
Your humble servant,
The existence of the magnolia swamp was first announced to the
general public in 1814 by Jacob Bigelow in the first edition of his
famous Plants of Boston:
The only species of this superb genus, that has been found
native in our climate. It attains the height of a dozen feet,
but is sometimes killed down to the roots by severe winters
… The bark is highly aromatic, and possesses medicinal
properties. It grows plentifully in a sheltered swamp at
Gloucester, Cape Ann, twenty five miles from Boston,
which is perhaps its most northern boundary. – June,
And on September 22, 1858, Henry David Thoreau visited the
swamp and wrote about it in his Journal:
Sept 22. A clear cold day, wind northwest
Leave Salem for the Cape on foot … We now kept the road
to Gloucester, leaving the shore a mile or more to the right,
wishing to see the magnolia swamp. This was perhaps
about a mile and a half beyond Kettle Cove. After passing
over a sort of height of land in the woods, we took a path to
the left, which within a few rods became a corduroy road in
the swamp. Within three or four rods on the west side of
this, and perhaps ten or fifteen from the highroad, was the
magnolia. It was two to seven or eight feet high, but distinguished
by its large and still fresh green leaves, which had
not begun to fall. I saw last year’s shoots which had died
down several feet, and probably this will be the fate of most
which has grown this year. The swamp was an ordinary
one, not so wet but we got about very well. The bushes of
this swamp were not generally more than six feet high.
There was another locality the other side of the road.
Clouds of doubt concerning the survival of the swamp started to
gather in 1875, in A Report on the Trees and Shrubs Growing Naturally
In the Forests of Massachusetts by George B. Emerson. He noted
“scores” of trees broken down in a single season by people who sold
the flowers in Boston and Salem. By 1889, the situation had deteriorated
to the point that J. G. Jack, the dendrologist at the Arnold
So eagerly have the flowers been sought for by collectors,
and especially by those who wished to make money out of
the sale of both plants and flowers, that there has been
some apprehension that the day would soon come when the
’ Magnolia could only be classed in New England floras as
one of the indigenous plants of the past.
But some good news also appeared in this article, for he goes on to
say, “The hope is now entertained, however, that the owners of the
woods where it occurs, appreciating its rarity and interest, will take
care that its existence, in a wild state, may be perpetuated.” And
indeed it was, for in that same year, 1889, Mr. Samuel E. Sawyer, the
owner of the swamp, set up a trust fund, to be administered by a board
of trustees, to manage the land. He chose to call it “Ravenswood Park”
and instructed that it be left open for and made accessible to the
This great display of generosity, however, did not stem the tide of
destruction. Dr. Kennedy in his Rhodora article quotes a letter from
C. E. Faxon, the illustrator at the Arnold Arboretum, to a Mr. Walter
Deane, which shows the condition of the swamp in the summer of
* The next nearest population of M. U1rg1722a11Q is growing 150 miles to the
south on the eastern shore of Long Island, New York (Little, 1971).
Figure 1 This drawing of Magnolia virgimana appeared on 1849 in Asa Gray’s Genera
Plantarum (p! 23), with the caption “a branch in flower of the Northern variety,from
Gloucester, Massachusetts, of the natural size”
An unusualty old, taU, multi-stemmed specimen of Magnolia virgimana growing
in the old C. S Sargent estate in Brookline, Massachusetts The tree is 10 meters tall
Photograph by P Del Tredici.
From David de los Santos Gil
After 9 months and 50,000 shots (only using 5.000 for the final video), my first flowers timelapse has finished. After a long work looking for flowers that would open fast, here is a list of the flowers that have been part of the timelapse: Lillium, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies and nigella damask.
Here is my web: http://www.daviddelossan.com
You can follow me on twitter: twitter.com/DaviddelosSan
And Madam Butterfly Brings Awareness To The Masses With The Second Annual Cape Ann Milkweed Project…
Check out the work she did in front of Passports.
Call Passports and ask about her services, she can dress up your storefront of house real nice.
I knew Bobbie Brooks 30+ years ago when she had an antique shop in Lanesville. Now she’s doing amazing work as a professional garden designer, plus growing and creating hybrids of her own daylilies. Her fields are expansive, covering over one acre, but you’d never know it driving down Rt. 127. She has 800 varieties of hybrid daylilies, the "summer jewels of the garden." I learned much about daylillies in my short time shooting in Bobbie’s one acre garden.
Bobbie demonstrates how hybrids are made. What she likes about this daylily is it’s teeth, or jagged edges.
Bobbie is a hand’s on gardener. She’s a successful garden designer, which is her main business, but she’s also passionate about dayilies. Who else on God’s earth would grow 800 varieties of a plant, and it’s not her major source of income. It must be LOVE.
Fred’s first Birthday present, a potted Sugar Plum daylily, was an unexpected gift from Bobbie Brooks.
I’ll have it displayed at Fred’s Birthday and GMG mug up on Sunday, July 28th, at 9:30am to 11am or later. It’s at my gallery, 82 Main Street in Gloucester. All are welcome.
On your way back home after my event, go see Bobbie – she’ll be open until 2pm Sunday. Go Bobbie! Trust me, I know a good egg when I see one, and it’s her.
Bobbie Brooks 73 Langsford St Lanesville / Rt 127 978 283 4480
The Schooner ARDELLE is pleased to join Maritime Gloucester’s
ever-popular Coastal Explorers summer program! During this children’s
program, mornings will be spent conducting explorations of Gloucester
Harbor aboard the Schooner ARDELLE, while afternoons will be hosted in
Maritime Gloucester’s labs and Aquarium. The cost of this five-day
program is $500, and $450 for Maritime Gloucester members. Space is
limited, register today!
Coastal Explorers (Ages 9-12)
July 22-26, 8:30-3:00
Coastal Explorers II (Ages 13-16)
July 29-August 2, 8:30-3:00
Students will discover the science of Gloucester’s marine life through
various hands-on activities. Plankton tows will be conducted off the
Ardelle, which will be looked at in our video microscope lab. From
high-speed copepods to larval sea worms, you never know what kinds of
microscopic life will be found! While exploring the harbor, we’ll
keep our eyes open for unusual seabirds and look at the seafloor using
underwater cameras. In our Aquarium, students will learn all about
the habitats and adaptations of Gloucester’s various fishes,
invertebrates and seaweed. Stingray-like skates, unusual lobsters,
and American eels can be found in habitat tanks, while sea stars,
crabs, and mollusks can be held in our Touch Tanks. In our classroom,
we’ll further explore sea creatures by viewing amazing dry specimens
of coral, whales’ teeth, giant lobster claws, and large seashells.
In addition to marine biology, students will learn all about
Gloucester’s maritime heritage. The Schooner Ardelle is a traditional
wooden vessel, and kids will learn all about its construction from its
builder Captain Harold Burnham of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From
raising the schooner’s sails to learning the basics of charts and
navigation, many aspects of seafaring will be explored. The tradition
of lobstering will be also be a focus, as the Ardelle also functions
as a lobstering boat. By experiencing our new giant-sized
walk-through lobster trap, studnets will discover how lobsters are
caught. In our galleries, we’ll learn about shipwrecks, sail power,
and offshore sea life including whales. Additional projects,
experiments, and explorations will be offered throughout the week as
Call for Submissions:
?Getting Around in Essex County: Chebacco Boats and Beyond?
To help mark the fifteenth birthday of our Chebacco Boat replica
"Lewis. H. Story", the Essex Shipbuilding Museum is calling for
submissions of artwork, writing,and memorabilia having to do with
getting around in our beautiful county. We will be assembling an
exhibit in late July in a gallery adjoining the Orientation Center at
the Museum. This exhibit is supported by a Partnership Grant from the
Essex National Heritage Commission. For more information email:
email@example.com or call: 978-768-6441. Please
use "Summer Exhibit" in your subject line.
Thanks, Joey, for mentioning the Gloucester Garden Tour today. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. Thank you Harvard Club of the North Shore and The Gloucester Garden Club for the lovely gardens displayed today, and to Kim Smith for designing the beautiful Butterfly gardens around the Harbor Walk. Attached a couple of photos.
Support our local veteran’s homecoming as you spend an evening dockside with the Cape Ann Big Band. Friday, July 19th in the Gloucester House’s Café Seven Seas. Doors at 6:30, Concert at 7:00. Tickets are $15 each and proceeds benefit the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veteran’s Center and their efforts to aid today’s veterans. To purchase tickets, please call Connie Condon at 978-283-4098 or The Gloucester House at 978-283-1812
Generous Gardeners have been weeding at the public gardens along Stacy Blvd.
known as the Perennial Garden Series.
They are getting these gardens in shape for the Gloucester Garden Tour this
Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10:00 to 4:00.
Support this community service event by buying a ticket to view six private
gardens in the West Gloucester and Biskie Head Point area along with the
public gardens near Stage Fort Park.
All the profits will benefit the Butterfly Gardens along the new HarborWalk
and the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial and Gardens.
Buy tickets online at http://www.GloucesterGardenTour.com or this Saturday at the
GenerousGardener.com tent located at exit 12 off 128 (Grand Banks Parking
Many thanks to all the wonderful local sponsors and dedicated gardeners that
have helped make a difference in this community.
Anyone interested in helping maintain the Perennial Garden Series can meet
us this Thursday near the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial on Stacy Blvd from
9:00am to 11:00am. Bring gloves and hand tools or use our extras.
Hope to see many of you for the tour on Saturday. The weather forecast looks
Might you remind people about my fundraising Comedy, Live Music, Silent Auction Night this Thursday, July 11th, starting at 6pm. Located at Mile Marker One – Cape Ann’s Marina Resort.
Attached is flyer. Hope to see you and all the GMG fans.
I wanted to pass along a picture to you and Kim of the milkweed I just got. You can’t really see it, as it’s in the back. I made some helpful arrows so you know where they are.
What a beautiful garden!
The Annisquam Sewing Circle’s Plant Sale is a great place to purchase flowers for your summer planting needs ~ and find some lovely perennials from members’ gardens! Plus all members of The Sewing Circle will be baking delicious pies and treats in case you have guests coming to visit for the official FIRST SUMMER WEEKEND of 2013! So please stop by in Annisquam on Saturday the 25th from 8-11 am!
Susan Kelly submits-
wildflowers from my woodland garden and spring irises
Here are some flowers blooming now in my west gloucester garden. You are welcome to post them. My gardens will be on the Gloucester Garden Tour that we are organizing to benefit the HarborWalk July 13th. I will be sending you much more on that when the GEF plant sale is done.
Thanks so much,
Rosie and I enjoying the flowers on the boulevard. Thank you Gloucester Garden Club! Beautiful job. Lisa Jordan
Attention Generous Gardeners Plant Sale to Benefit the Gloucester Education Foundation Saturday May 19th from 9-2 at Stage Fort Park
Our Kwanzan Cherry Tree Which Has Yet To Be Demolished This Year By The Beetles Which Ravage It Annually.
This video was done more to test the manual focus on the camera I use, the Sony NEX-5N
Shot with Sony NEX-5N and Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens
I have a love hate relationship with this tree. when it blooms it is beautiful but every year it gets smoked by these small green inchworm looking things first and then these shiny beetles and looks nice for roughly 3 weeks out of the year.
I’ve chronicled the life of this Kwanzan Cherry tree for the past 4 years here
here are some of the blooms from this year-
This plant sale is the no-brainer of all no-brainers for a multitude of reasons. Check out the video to find out how many ways this provides a win.
From the brilliant mind of Susan Kelly check out www.generousgardeners.com