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The Garden History Podcast
13 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
In recent years there has been a huge surge in the interest and demand for indoor plants including Howea forsteriana the houseplant better known as the Kentia palm. First recorded in 1869 on the tiny Lord Howe Island in the Pacific the Kentia palm soon made its way into fashionable Victorian parlours, drawing rooms and ballrooms. This is the story of a plant that found fame across the world but has remained true to its native Island home.
13 minutes | May 3, 2021
The Empress Josephine has often been portrayed as a needy socialite famed for her lavish entertainments with many stories being repeated about her salacious exploits.So it may come as a surprise to many that Josephine was a very accomplished plantswoman, gardener and keen botanist who played a key role in the collection and introduction of many new plants into France which she cultivated at her gardens at the Chateaux Malmaison near Paris.
14 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
From the early seventeenth century icehouses were built in increasing numbers on country estates in order to enable extended storage of perishable food and provide the novelty of chilled refreshment. By the middle of the 19th century most estates could boast one. Some were built plainly, often below ground but some reached the status of follies with elaborate designs and features.
15 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
In the 18th century, any landscape of note was not complete without a collection of garden buildings and other eclectic features. However a rather eccentric but short lived trend during this time resulted in the frequent appearance of the ornamental hermitage. These artificially unkempt dwellings were often concealed in woodland within the landscape. This remoteness ensured a lively response from any visitor who happened upon it especially if there was a real hermit in residence.
12 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Gardens have always inspired artists and their paintings contribute much to the research and understanding of different periods in Garden History,indeed the act of creating a garden has been compared to creating a work of art. Claude Monet's garden at Giverny was created from scratch by the artist as a gardener, and became his favourite subject as a painter.
11 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Today, hybridisation is a common and important method of developing plants with new features. Thomas Fairchild was the first person to achieve this at his nursery near London. However the beliefs prevalent at the time suppressed this new discovery and left Thomas in fear for his soul.
11 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Emotions have always played a part in the creation and appreciation of gardens and love was the overriding emotion when the Earl of Harrington commissioned the gardens at his country seat at Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire.
9 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
In the mid 19th century early public parks reflected the great Victorian interest in the study of all aspects of the natural world. One of the earliest public parks was the Derby Arboretum which was created for a city that had been expanding rapidly as a result of industrialization.
8 minutes | Jun 13, 2020
Of course no historic garden or landscape is complete without a bust, statue or an urn, and so I would like to introduce you to Mrs Eleanor Coade (1733 – 1821) one of the very few women acknowledged for her contribution to 18th and early 19th century garden history.
9 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Throughout the long history of gardens there have always been innovators who tended to do their own thing just because they could. Well during the 18th century there was a flurry of military inspired symbolism both in architecture and garden design.
9 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
A discussion on the popularity of creating garden features with newly available American plants
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