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Making Mountains and Music in Elysium…

As I hope I showed in a recent post John Evelyn the 17thc diarist and garden writer spent much of his life designing the perfect garden: Elysium Britannicum.  It was to be an Eden encompassing a complete miniaturized version of … Continue reading

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The indefatigable John Fraser and his American Nursery

John Fraser was another one of those botanists and plant hunters who once set the horticultural word on fire with their discoveries but are now scarcely remembered.  Like so many of them he was Scottish,  born in Inverness-shire in 1750, … Continue reading

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Ada and her garden village

It’s not often I’d guess that a local election manifesto gets taken that seriously, is implemented and referred to and read decades after it was written,  and even  talks about gardens. But an exception might be  the 1922 election address … Continue reading

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Once the Queen of the Parlour…

Everyone’s maiden aunt and granny had one, and Gracie Fields sang of having the biggest one in the world. A dreary, dark green, flowerless clump in a pot in a corner of the parlour. Often forgotten about for weeks on … Continue reading

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John Evelyn’s Elysium Britannicum

John Evelyn is, like his friend Samuel Pepys, best known for his diary,  detailing life in the second half of the 17thc. He was a landed gentleman, government official and a high Anglican of uncompromising piety but also a man beset … Continue reading

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