Monthly Archives: May 2016

Gardeners’ Chronicle 150 years ago …

When I’m researching garden history I often find myself thumbing through the pages of Gardeners’ Chronicle, probably the most famous horticultural magazine ever published. It’s the best source for everyday life in the gardening world in the 19th and early 20th … Continue reading

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Henry Essenhigh Corke : pioneer plant photographer

Yes! There really are two people called Essenhigh Corke worth writing about on a garden history blog. Today’s is Henry, son of Charles  who was the subject of a  post last month. Henry was even more talented than his father  and gained a … Continue reading

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Harry Higgott Thomas

Harry Higgott Thomas was a man you probably haven’t heard of. If he’d stuck to his first career choice – working in a bank – there’s no reason why you ever would have done.  But, he changed careers, went to train … Continue reading

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Capability Brown and Africa… did you really say Africa?

I’ve just returned from a month in southern Africa and was bowled over by the range of plants and landscapes that I encountered in the western Cape and Namibia.  I can’t stop enthusing about what I saw but wondered how … Continue reading

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