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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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“The Agreeable Occupation of Imitating Nature”

Today’s post is quite long but needs just a very short introduction… What do the thousands of  white roses at Queen Victoria’s wedding have in common with mediaeval nuns, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s head,  what your great-aunt Agatha probably had … Continue reading

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Austin & Seeley

Many months ago I posted several pieces tracing the story of  Eleanor Coade and her artificial stone,  which ornamented  elite buildings and gardens in the later 18thc. A later post looked at the work of Mark Blanchard and John Blashfield … Continue reading

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