Tag Archives: Garden tools

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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Gardens on the Wall 2: The French Connections

This is a very belated follow-up to a post about gardens on walls in 18thc England in 2016 which looked at the work of John Baptist Jackson and his contemporaries.  And by “gardens on the wall” I don’t mean “living … Continue reading

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Carters Tested Seeds.

In a recent post we saw Carters establish themselves as the premier seed company in Britain and then one of the leading seed brands globally. This prominence continued throughout the first half of the 20thc, but then things started to go … Continue reading

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Robert Gauen & his ingenious horticultural inventions No.2

Earlier this year ago I shared the secrets of a machine for putting the bloom back onto cucumber, grapes and other fruits. It was one of the products of the fertile imagination of Robert Gauen, an early 19th Southampton nurseryman. … Continue reading

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Snaths, nibs, chines & very sharp dengles…

No, its not an extract from a Frankie Howard or Kenneth Williams script [giving my age away there] but something to do with the traditional centrepiece of most English gardens: the lawn. Nowadays its a relatively easy job to cut … Continue reading

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