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Solomon de Caus in England

Roy Strong in The Renaissance Garden asserts, quite rightly, that early writers on garden history seem to have overlooked the huge part played in garden design in the late 15th to early 17thc by engineers.  The Renaissance humanist mind saw no … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr Repton

2018 has been a pretty extraordinary year for Humphry. He has surprised many – if not most of us – by his skill and understanding not just of landscapes and gardens but also by his ability to sell his ideas … Continue reading

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Menageries 4: Knowsley and the mad botanicals

More on menageries….real and imaginary. The early 19thc saw a shift from menageries as showcases for curiosities to the beginnings of the zoological garden as a base for science. At the same time that the royal menagerie in the Tower was … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries 3 … Osterley

Continuing with my occasional theme of menageries in the garden,  todays’s post looks at Osterley Park in west London and also reveals how garden history interacts with wider current research.  The East India Company at Home project  has been trying to put the country house … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries… 1: Coombe Abbey

As gardeners and garden historians we are used to hearing about the discovery, trade and cultivation of non-native plants. We know that as western Europeans discovered, then traded with and finally conquered much of the rest of the world plant hunters … Continue reading

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