The lawn is a gift of the English garden tradition from the eighteenth century. Early…
Victorian garden book –
Last week I attended a meeting of the New England Hosta Society, a group I joined many years ago.
The meeting included a wonderful speaker who owns a local nursery.
The highlight of the meeting, however, was the item I won in the raffle.
To my surprise I won Tom Carter’s book The Victorian Garden.
I was familiar with this title when I placed my red ticket in the cup to bid on the book.
The bibliography and illustrations in the book indicate the English origin of the book.
The book, however, was first published by Salem House, a member of the Merrimack Publishers Circle, Salem, New Hampshire in 1985. R. J. Acford, Chichester, Sussex printed this edition.
The book details the development of the English Victorian garden in the nineteenth century.
Carter writes, “The range of plants available in nineteenth century Britain was constantly increasing as more and more specimens were sent home from abroad, and as colonial territories were opened up.”
The plants would include of course varieties from Asia and North America.
Look forward to reading this book during the cold weeks of winter still to come.