The Victorian Gardener

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Gardens grew larger during the Stuart period, as the influence of French and Dutch formal gardens brought features such as long avenues, terraces and topiary.

Here's our pick of the Stuart gardens we look after. Share: Twitter Facebook Pinterest Email.


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The Italian style terraces and balustrades made a welcome return to fashion by those who had tired of too much nature. Parterres were reintroduced, this time filled with the bright colours of exotic species reared in the new technologically advanced glasshouses. Towards the end of the 19th century an appreciation of a more natural garden was expressed, most famously by William Robinson who favoured native plants.

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Anne Wilkinson's engaging book recreates the world of amateur Victorian gardeners - those who had no idea how to start gardening, and no information to help them. In the s gardening was mainly the preserve of professionals who worked on large estates, but a new breed of gardeners was emerging - ordinary householders.

The Secret History of the British Garden, The 18th Century

Their gardens range from country cottage and rectory gardens to urban gardens behind terraced houses. With no help from the professionals - who refused to believe that gardens in towns were a practical possibility - those innovators laid down the foundations for modern amateur gardening as it is today.

Famous Victorian Era Gardens in Britain. Designs and Decorations.

She has lectured on the subject andwritten academic papers for publications including" Garden History" and "Hackney History. Rating details.

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