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Hermit in the Garden

Garden hermits, or ornamental hermits, were once people encouraged to live alone in purpose-built hermitages, follies, grottoes, or rockeries on the estates of wealthy landowners. It is an old English garden tradition and dates from the 18h and 19th centuries. It included…

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The Gardener is My Friend

The English naturalist Charles Waterton (1782-1865) was a garden-lover. He was himself also a gardener, famous for installing bird houses on his own property. Walton Hall Gardens Waterton 's nineteenth century house, now called Walton Hall Gardens, near Wakefield, Yorkshire…

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Early Bird Houses in England

Adrian Thomas writes in his online site about saving birds. The title of one of the articles is simply "Restore Nature Now ." The focus of the article, dated January 22, 2016, is the nineteenth century English bird-lover Charles Waterton.…

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Age Can Influence Gardening

As we grow older, there are some things we cannot do in the garden as well as we did in our earlier years. For example, cutting the lawn became more difficult for me as I got older. Eventually we hired…

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Commercialization of the Garden

Now is the time you see lots of advertising for plants and gardening. It is, after all, that glorious season of spring. When an ad, however, for gardening appears whether in print, on television, or social media, it sells more…

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