Tag Archives: John Evelyn

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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The Golden Bough

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mistletoe would it? So this is the first of a couple of posts about this  mystical  plant and the traditions surrounding it which are, according to Richard Mabey, ” amongst Northern Europe’s last surviving remnants … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 1: the projector, the architect, the thief and the formula

Artificial stone has apparently been around a long time. It wasn’t invented recently  by  jerry builders trying to copy the real thing on the cheap, or even by a prestigious company like Haddonstone, but probably by the Romans. However  not … Continue reading

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Tiglath-Pileser I & the passion he shared with William Robinson

It’s not every day that an exotically multi-syllabled king of ancient Assyria gets mentioned in the context of Brtain’s historic parks and gardens.  But I was writing a  lecture about  early plant hunting and decided to start with evidence from antiquity when … Continue reading

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Garden Tools & Equipment…

Another parcel of books arrived yesterday and as I struggled to find room for them on the shelves it made me realise that there are an awful lot of books about gardens and gardening, quite a few about their history  or … Continue reading

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