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Thomas Fairchild

Thomas Fairchild was one of the greatest horticulturists of the 18thc. But his contribution was not confined to his own age but extends right up to today. That might sound a bit over the top – and perhaps it is – … Continue reading

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“Doubtles God could have made a better berry…”

After last week’s post about the early history of strawberries its time to look at how the various wild species were transformed into garden and commercial varieties by an 18thc botanist and a handful of 19thc nurserymen.       … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Doctor Ward…

Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the Wardian case, the method of transporting plants that transformed the world’s gardens and hothouses from the mid-19thc onwards and which were in regular use by Kew for the international transportation of … Continue reading

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Robert Gauen & his ingenious horticultural inventions No.2

Earlier this year ago I shared the secrets of a machine for putting the bloom back onto cucumber, grapes and other fruits. It was one of the products of the fertile imagination of Robert Gauen, an early 19th Southampton nurseryman. … Continue reading

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