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New York’s High Line

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference in New York. While there  I made sure to allow time for a garden stroll through High Line. High Line  is a new public park built on a former  1.45-mile-long elevated…

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Thorburn Visits Loudon in England

In London New York seedsman Grant Thorburn (1773-1863) once visited John Claudius Loudon(1783-1843), the man who opened the door for nineteenth century middle class England to the  joys of gardening. Some garden historians refer to Loudon as the 'father of the…

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Annuals in the Victorian Era

American gardeners  fell in love with annuals after 1850 during our own Victorian period. The use of perennials in the garden fell off until later in the century when they became stylish with the encouragement of English garden authorties William…

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