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English Garden during the Stuarts

Rose Standish Nichols in her book English Pleasure Gardens moves into the next period of the English garden, the Stuarts (1603-1714).  She writes: “In the days of the Stuarts the Elizabethan gardens underwent certain modifications according to the predominance of French, Italian, or Dutch fashions…In garden design suggestions were less welcomed from the ancient Greeks and Romans than from contemporary horticulturalists.”

Today we also look to contemporary sources of information to guide us as gardeners.  We want to be modern. We read. We go online. We attend lectures. All in the search to be up to date on the latest trends in gardening.

This exhibit from the Boston Spring Flower Show illustrated the trend in using low, stepable herbs instead of grass in a walkway.


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