Tag Archives: John Claudius Loudon

Arundel Castle and the Collector Earl’s Garden

I’ve been meaning to write about the gardens of Arundel Castle since I visited last summer with friends from  the Birkbeck Garden History Group and discovered the new[ish] Collector Earl’s Garden with [amongst other things]   Oberon’s Palace, a floating … 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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The Art of Perfection…

We’re coming to the end of  the season for that most English of events the  autumn flower show. [There’s even been one recently in Ambridge!]  But  have you ever entered any of your fruit, veg, flowers or plants for one? … Continue reading

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The indefatigable John Fraser and his American Nursery

John Fraser was another one of those botanists and plant hunters who once set the horticultural word on fire with their discoveries but are now scarcely remembered.  Like so many of them he was Scottish,  born in Inverness-shire in 1750, … Continue reading

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St Fiacre

I forgot to celebrate St Fiacre’s day last year. I bet you did too.   But I did better this year and did so in the appropriate surroundings of the Gardens Trust’s annual conference in Birmingham which is taking place … Continue reading

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