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Victorians Loved Palms and Ferns

Here is the Kew Palm House. A beautiful site that speaks to the Victorian fascination with palms and ferns. I just finished reading a wonderful chapter on nineteenth century horticulture in an old book called One Hundred Years of American…

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Victorians Loved Bedding Out Plants

In the Victorian era in order to create the flashy flowerbeds called carpet beds or ribbon beds, a gardener had to employ an array of colorful plants, usually annuals. Luckily, thanks to plant hunters, there were annuals arriving from Asia,…

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