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The Crystal Palace of Paris

Last week’s post looked at the background to the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition, and in particular at its parkland setting.  It was the first world fair to give horticulture a major role with one section of the park covering about … Continue reading

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The 1867 Paris Expo

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Kensington goes Italian

Last week I wrote the background story of the Royal Horticultural Society’s magnificent but short-lived gardens in South Kensington, and today I want to follow up with an account of the gardens themselves designed by William Andrews Nesfield. When I sat … Continue reading

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Andrew Murray & the Lost Gardens of Kensington

Who was Andrew Murray I can hear you asking and how did he lose a garden, especially one in Kensington?  Well, of course he didn’t actually personally  lose the garden, but he did record it before it was lost.  A … Continue reading

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In the Glass Garden

  I was sorting out a huge pile of  magazines  the other day as it was raining, and found last summer’s edition of  Kew Magazine which featured an article on Dale Chihuly and his glass sculptures,  a large number of … Continue reading

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