Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Yokohama Nursery Company

I was researching for a lecture on the influence of Japanese plants and garden design on British gardens when I discovered a catalogue for the Yokohama Nursery Company. It was   more a work of art than a business sales catalogue.   … Continue reading

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The catalogues of Robert Furber

  Growing ornamental plants for sale  really only emerged as a trade separate from other forms of commercial gardening towards the end of the 17th. A few of these early nurserymen issued catalogues, but the whole trade moved to a different … Continue reading

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Queen Caroline & Merlin’s Cave

In her 2010 book Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court, Lucy Worsley called Caroline  “the cleverest queen consort ever to sit on the throne of England”. Last week’s post about her Hermitage at Richmond was quite serious, dealing with religious and political controversy … Continue reading

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Queen Caroline & her Hermitage

In the 1720s and 1730s the gardens at Richmond Lodge (now part of Kew Gardens)were the “special domain” and “spiritual oasis” of a remarkable and underestimated woman who created a carefully staged landscape that was renowned throughout the country and … Continue reading

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Dr Stukeley & the Druids

  HAPPY NEW YEAR! Believe it or not this is my 100th post – and coincides nicely with the end of  my second year writing this blog. Suitably for the time of year  its the second one about mistletoe, following on from … Continue reading

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