Gertrude Jekyll

An Article for Garden History by Jennifer Ward Analogies between art and gardening are manifold; a gardener's sense of colour, arrangement and symmetry are artistic qualities before they are technical or scientific. When a gardener looks at a pat of annuals as if they were a palette of paint, or at a muddy spade as if a dripping paintbrush, they...

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Thomas Tusser

The editors and owners of this site owe a particular debt of gratitude to Thomas Tusser. Complete non-gardeners until the day they picked up a copy of Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry twenty years ago, they owe him a great deal for the serenity and joy they have found in their own garden. Thomas Tusser was born into…

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Edward Lutyens

An Article for Garden History by Jennifer Ward Deemed the greatest British architect of the 20th century, Sir Edward Lutyens is known solely amongst gardeners in conjunction with gardening guru Gertrude Jekyll. Lutyens was a brilliant designer in his own right when it came to blueprints, but it is his famed friendship with Jekyll that continues to esteem him to…

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William Robinson

An Article for Garden History by Jennifer Ward Just a short drive from the bustling city of London rests the luxuriously cosy Gravetye Manor. Under the cultivation of its former owner, English gardener and horticulturalist William Robinson, the East Grinstead Manor has become one of England’s most prized destinations and historical sites. As the wildflowers rise up to meet the…

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Vita Sackville-West

Article by Jennifer Ward The creative life is composed of overlapping domains; the connection between the life of the pen and the life of the trowel for instance, is one that Vita Sackville-West made especially clear. Words and wandering vines alike flourished under her adept hand, and she is highly regarded today in both literary and gardening communities of the...

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Joseph Banks

On a World-Wide Treasure Hunt for Fame. An Article for Garden History by Jennifer Ward A true child of the mother country, Sir Joseph Banks epitomized all that Britain came to stand for in the late eighteenth century. The expansion of empire and introduction of European ways to the “new world” were among his chief interests. All manner of plant…

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