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The Myth behind the Columbine

The French garden book called in its English translation The Retir'd Gardner first appeared in 1706. The purpose for the translation was to help English gardeners learn from the French who showed a passion for flower gardens in the seventeenth…

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Celia Thaxter’s Love for Flowers

The New Hampshire poet Celia Thaxter (1835-1894) wrote a wonderful book about her style of gardening called An Island Garden. In a way Celia Thaxter could represent the Victorian gardener in late nineteenth-century America. The gold-stamped cover of Celia Thaxter's…

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Thorburn Visits Loudon in England

John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843) was the garden writer and landscaper who opened the door for nineteenth-century middle class England to the joys of gardening. He encouraged gardening for everyone, not just the aristocrat. On a trip to London New York…

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