[Milton-L] Miltonia

Gregory Machacek Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu
Tue Apr 10 13:39:23 EDT 2007


The Bronx Botanical Gardens has an orchid show every year about this time.
My wife and I went down for it on March 30th.  I was intrigued to notice
the number of species marked Miltonia.  Unfortunately it's not our Milton.
If you check the etymology, it turns out it comes from Charles Fitzwilliam,
Viscount Milton, later third Earl Fitzwilliam (1786-1857), English
politician and horticulturist.  Bummer.  Beautiful flowers, though.
They're now my cell-phone screen saver.

Greg Machacek
Associate Professor of English
Marist College



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