Tag Archives: France

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

I had a lot of comments about the recent posts on the RHS gardens in Kensington which were used as the centrepiece for the 1862 International Exhibition.  The concept of a world expo was then comparatively novel. There had only … Continue reading

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Immortalising the ephemeral: The painter, his patrons and their plants

  I wrote recently about the gardens and the greenhouse that Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, created at Malmaison near Paris.   Employing some of the leading botanists and gardeners in France, and never short of a franc or two, … Continue reading

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Josephine @ Malmaison

The story of how a 32 year widow from Martinique escaped the guillotine and then met and fell in love with the a young Corsican general during the French Revolution is the stuff of romantic novels. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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An Englishman’s Home is his Castle – or Mr Wemmick and Me

I wrote a few months about Dickens and his garden at Gad’s Hill and also about the way he uses gardens in his novels.  Today I was  just going to look at one rather quirky Dickensian character and his rather … Continue reading

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