Monthly Archives: September 2016

James Carter conquers the world

Wherever you live in the world if you are a gardener ‘of a certain age’ then you’re bound to remember Carters Tested Seeds. They were one of the great horticultural institutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. But where are they … Continue reading

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Sir Nathaniel Bacon, his kitchen garden and his cookmaid

  The Latin epitaph on this marble funerary monument translates as “Look Traveller, this is the monument of Nathaniel Bacon, A Knight of the Bath, whom, when experience and observation had made him most knowledgeable in the history of plants, … Continue reading

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The Rev Ditchfield & another view of Capability Brown

Today is a post about the  author or editor of around 100 books and articles, who, in the fine tradition of this blog, has partly been chosen because you won’t have heard of him!  He’s also another in the line of gardening clergymen … Continue reading

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Fishing Temples 2: the 18th century

Last week’s post was about the earliest surviving garden buildings designed for fishing which dated from the 16th and 17thc. After I’d published it I realised that I’d missed out some tiny but atmospheric details from some plates by Jan Drapentier for Henry … Continue reading

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