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European Gardens Featured Poison Ivy

European gardens featured poison ivy. We all know that we need to avoid poison ivy when working in the garden. There was a time, however, when European gardeners cultivated this North American plant. In the book Flora Illustrata (2014) Elizabeth…

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Victorian England Loved US Native Plants

Victorian England loved US native plants. During the nineteenth century, the English sometimes included a garden called the 'American Garden', an area in the landscape filled with American native shrubs and perennials. The English loved American native plants, like Rudbeckia…

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Differing Views of Nineteenth Century Garden

Differing Views of  Nineteenth Century Garden The way to plant a flower garden changed during the nineteenth century. Two American seedsmen wrote differently about how to install a flower garden. Boston seedsman Joseph Breck (1794-1873) wrote The Flower Garden in…

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