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The straightness of cucumbers…

Here’s a picture starter  to get you in the right mood for this week’s post. Any guesses as what it might be? Answer at the end. Did you know we had a cucumber industry in Britain? or that we’ve had … Continue reading

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The Yokohama Nursery Company

I was researching for a lecture on the influence of Japanese plants and garden design on British gardens when I discovered a catalogue for the Yokohama Nursery Company. It was   more a work of art than a business sales catalogue.   … Continue reading

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The catalogues of Robert Furber

  Growing ornamental plants for sale  really only emerged as a trade separate from other forms of commercial gardening towards the end of the 17th. A few of these early nurserymen issued catalogues, but the whole trade moved to a different … Continue reading

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Joseph Knight & his Exotic Nursery

We tend to think of gardeners being poor – unless of course they’re celebs on the box – and it’s hard to think of many gardeners in history who became rich.  But there are exceptions and one such was Joseph … Continue reading

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Killerton

Earlier this year I went on a nostalgia trip back to Exeter where I was at college. One of the places I wanted to see again was Killerton, the home of my tutor Sir Richard Acland. Apart from being an extraordinarily inspiring … Continue reading

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