Tagged: gardens

How to spot a dragon: a guide for mythical reptiles

The De Grey family crest at the De Grey Mausoleum
Posted:
31 October 2016
Posted By:
Franziska Wittenstein
Categories:
History Uncovered

In medieval bestiaries, there were many terms for dragons – dragon, wyrm, worm, orm, serpent, and even wyvern. However, over time these gradually differentiated into several different creatures. We've put together this useful identification guide to help you recognise the mythical reptile you ar...

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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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