Monthly Archives: January 2015

Garden Menageries 3 … Osterley

Continuing with my occasional theme of menageries in the garden,  todays’s post looks at Osterley Park in west London and also reveals how garden history interacts with wider current research.  The East India Company at Home project  has been trying to put the country house … Continue reading

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Gazetteer of War Memorial Parks and Gardens

This is not one of my normal slightly irreverant posts but a more serious one to try and spread the word about Parks and Gardens UK’s publication on-line of  the first Gazetteer of UK War Memorial Parks and Gardens. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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Almost everyone’s least favourite tree…

Shouldn’t be too hard to decide what that is!  Horror stories abound – and it must be one of the few plants ever legislated about. Yet it all started out innocuously enough on a beautiful country estate in Mid-Wales in the 1880s. … Continue reading

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Five vicars and some roses…

Over the holidays I’ve been planting new roses and thinking how nice it will be when they flower this summer…. that led to me to thinking about rose shows. If you’ve ever been to one then you have several Victorian … Continue reading

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The first English books on gardening…

Happy New Year – after the frivolity of the festive season it’s time to get back to some serious stuff – but don’t  panic the gardening vicars will return to lighten the tone again next week! The English pride themselves … Continue reading

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