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Mr. Saul of Lancaster

One of things that I’ve always found fascinating about the history of gardens is the inventiveness of gardeners, and I don’t think there’s a period in horticultural history quite as inventive as the early 19thc.  That doesn’t mean that their … Continue reading

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Reimagining Kirby

Gardens are ephemeral creations and surely impossible to recreate once they’ve gone. That hasn’t stopped a lot of people trying.  This is a trend that’s first noticeable in the early 19thc when it  tended to be a romanticised view of … Continue reading

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More Monkey Puzzling

Last week I  looked at the  discovery of the Monkey Puzzle tree by Europeans and at the very first specimens introduced to Britain by Archibald Menzies, and today I’m going to look at how it was introduced to British gardens … Continue reading

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The Monkey Puzzle

If there is one unusual tree most of us will be able to name without much botanical knowledge or any reference books  it surely must be the monkey puzzle. They became very popular in the mid-late 19thc   and whenever you … Continue reading

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Christopher, Charles and Kirby

After a recent post about the creation of the house and gardens at Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire today’s is going to look at the garden in its late 17thc heyday. The reason we know so much about the garden at … Continue reading

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