Tagged: gardens

The gardeners that time (almost) forgot

Detail from a painting from the early eighteenth century showing gardeners working in the garden at Chiswick House by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack (1690-1748)
Posted:
12 August 2016
Posted By:
Emily Parker
Categories:
History Uncovered

How many times have you walked around a garden and wondered about the people who created it?  In many cases, the stories of the gardeners who got dirt under their fingernails and weeded until their backs ached in the 18th and 19th centuries are unknown, or recalled simply as a name on a list of w...

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Belsay Hall: The Secret Gardens of Northumberland

Quarry garden at Belsay Hall
Posted:
24 May 2016
Posted By:
Sarah Jo Harrigan
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

The gardens at Belsay Hall are one of northern England’s best kept secrets, but how does a Mediterranean-inspired idyll thrive in Northumberland? Created by a family of pioneering plantsmen over 138 years, today caring for Belsay’s gardens is still a family affair. Head Gardener Sarah Jo Harriga...

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What to grow in a medieval herb garden

Gardens at Rievaulx Abbey
Posted:
6 May 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
Historical How Tos

A monastery’s infirmary herb garden grew specialist plants that were used in medieval medicine to help the body heal itself. Here are nine plants that you’d find there which you can still grow in your own herb garden today.  Gardens dedicated to medicinal herbs alone were quite rare in medi...

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Tulips through time: from mania to mainstream

Header crop Five tulips, 1613. Illustration from 'Hortus Eystettensis' by Basil Besler (1561-1629), published in 1613. © Heritage Image Partnership Ltd / Alamy
Posted:
12 April 2016
Posted By:
Emily Parker
Categories:
Things To Do

Tulips were first introduced to England in the 1630s as 'tulipmania' swept the gardens of wealthy Europeans. They became popular again in Victorian gardens then continued to be planted in glamorous gardens in the 1930s. You can follow the story of their changing popularity in some of our garde...

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