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Solomon de Caus in England

Roy Strong in The Renaissance Garden asserts, quite rightly, that early writers on garden history seem to have overlooked the huge part played in garden design in the late 15th to early 17thc by engineers.  The Renaissance humanist mind saw no … Continue reading

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The Henley Matterhorn

Last week’s post gave an introduction to Friar Park at Henley, the madcap garden project of Sir Frank Crisp.  Crisp was not only rich he was also imaginative and ambitious  – a good combination for someone never satisfied with what … Continue reading

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Mechanical Landscapes: The Eidophusikon

Last weekend I went to see a modern version of something that in 1776  gripped London like a fever.  But rather than a  medical crisis it was an all-embracing visual  experience: a series of stories that involved  landscape… & not static … Continue reading

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Making Mountains and Music in Elysium…

As I hope I showed in a recent post John Evelyn the 17thc diarist and garden writer spent much of his life designing the perfect garden: Elysium Britannicum.  It was to be an Eden encompassing a complete miniaturized version of … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries… 1: Coombe Abbey

As gardeners and garden historians we are used to hearing about the discovery, trade and cultivation of non-native plants. We know that as western Europeans discovered, then traded with and finally conquered much of the rest of the world plant hunters … Continue reading

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