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An Orchard in a Box

Nowadays we think nothing of eating exotic fruit shipped in from round the world regardless of season and sold in supermarkets, and few of us grow much of our fruit supply. Apparently we prefer bananas to apples, perhaps not surprisingly … Continue reading

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Robert Gauen & his ingenious horticultural inventions No.1

And here’s a picture starter for 10?   What on earth is this contraption for?  If you’re a regular reader of this blog then think back a few weeks…and there is another clue below. The object, whatever it is, was invented … 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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The faithful pencil of Mrs Withers

The more I explore botanic art the more I realise how underestimated it has been as an art form, and the more I realise how underestimated botanical artists have been.  Of course part of the reason for that may well … Continue reading

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