Gardenia
   An American physician of Scottish descent, Alexander Garden (1730- 1791) successfully practiced medicine in Clarkston, South Carolina. However, his devotion to his hobby—botany—accounted for much of his daily interests. He corresponded regularly with European naturalists, including Linnaeus, who honored him by naming the gardenia, a waxy white and heavily fragrant flower, after him, even though Dr. Garden had not discovered the flower. The renowned botanist and scholar Richard Warner had introduced it into Europe in 1790 after his journey to the Cape of Good Hope. In any event, the gardenia has ever since been a popular corsage flower.
   Although Garden's granddaughter was named Gardenia, the good doctor never saw her because his son, Gardenia's father, joined the Revolutionary forces in their struggle against the British. Dr. Garden, completely devoted to the Crown, could not accept his son's disloyalty. After the colonists' success, Dr. Garden left America in 1783 for Britain, where he died in 1791. Legend has is that his grave was covered with gardenias. According to Willard R. Espy, after the gardenia was named for Dr. Garden, a local botanist, a Dr. Lewis Mottet, was so enraged that he announced that he too had discovered a flower. "And I, too, have named it," he said. "I've named it the lucia, after Lucy, my cook." But the lucia has never been heard of again, and neither was Lucy.
   The gardenia, according to William Morris, isn't any sort of garden flower, as its name might suggest. It's a shrub originally native to china.

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  • Gardenia — Porté en Italie, où il est très rare, le nom peut aussi s écrire Cardenia. Dans les deux cas, il renvoie au gardénia, et paraît avoir été donné comme nom de famille à des enfants trouvées …   Noms de famille

  • gardênia — s. f. [Botânica] Gênero de plantas rubiáceas.   ♦ Grafia em Portugal: gardénia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • gardénia — s. f. [Botânica] Gênero de plantas rubiáceas.   ♦ Grafia no Brasil: gardênia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • gardenia — sustantivo femenino 1. Gardenia s. Arbusto rubiáceo, con tallo espinoso, hojas ovaladas, flores blancas y olorosas y fruto en baya, apreciada en jardinería. 2. Flor de las gardenias …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • gardenia — ☆ gardenia [gär dēn′yə, gärdē′nē ə ] n. [ModL, after A. Garden (1730 91), Am botanist] any of a genus (Gardenia) of chiefly subtropical Old World plants of the madder family, with glossy leaves and highly fragrant, white or yellow, waxy flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Gardenia — Garde ni*a, n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, some species of which produce beautiful and fragrant flowers; Cape jasmine; so called in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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