Tag Archives: Historical plant lists

Favorite Utah roses of 1917

For rose growers in the Intermountain West who are fans of Downton Abbey or the WWI era, I found a list of roses recommended for Utah in 1917 from the Logan Republican newspaper (March 6, 1917, “Planting of Roses,” Emil … Continue reading

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Heirloom apples in Utah

Apples were among the most important orchard trees grown by Utah’s pioneers, judging by references to them in historic sources and by the number of trees surviving in old lots today. Though Utah’s climate can be harsh–both cold and dry–many … Continue reading

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Pioneer apricots

We’re just enjoying the last of our apricots, so I thought I’d celebrate with a post about apricots in pioneer Utah. Early Utah nurseryman Joseph Ellis Johnson listed several types of apricots in his garden journals, circa 1870: Blenheim, Kashia, … Continue reading

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Roses in early Utah gardens

Despite the fact that early Utah settlers relied on their gardens for survival, they still found time and space to grow plants they found beautiful, and roses were among their favorites. Mormon pioneers, especially, saw significance in the rose because … Continue reading

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