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Cotehele: zinging in the rain

I realised what it was like to be an aristocratic landowner when I  visited Cotehele in Cornwall the other day.  There were no pesky visitors and apart from one or two staff scurrying rapidly from building to building my partner … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Doctor Ward…

Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the Wardian case, the method of transporting plants that transformed the world’s gardens and hothouses from the mid-19thc onwards and which were in regular use by Kew for the international transportation of … Continue reading

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The ‘smallest clever man I ever knew”….

So said John Ruskin of Edward Cooke who was mentioned in the post of May 2nd about Stumperies. Ruskin—a fellow enthusiast for the natural sciences—went on to say that Cooke was ” full of accurate and valuable knowledge in natural history … Continue reading

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Stumperies

Imagine standing a load of dead trees on their heads and ‘planting’ them in your garden.  Does it sound like a good idea? or even a sane one ? Yet yet its been done by all sorts of people on for … Continue reading

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Rochfords: the start of a dynasty.

In 1840  Michael Rochford, a 21 year old Irishman man,  left County Clare, and came to London. He found work with fellow countryman James Knight at his Exotic Nursery in Kings Road, Chelsea, before going on to  start his own nursery,  and … Continue reading

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