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Mina Lobata, Late Summer Vine

The Mina lobata vine came from England to America, where it remains a popular later summer or fall vine.The Mina lobata vine, which blooms now at the end of the summer, grows as an annual in colder parts of the…

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Lawn Became Essential for a Home

James Vick's seed catalog of the 1870s from Rochester, NY sold the lawn mower, which, of course, assumed the importance of the lawn. Rose Standish Nichols says in her book English Pleasure Gardens that the lawn was beginning to take a…

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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,…

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Plant Collecting in England and America

Plant collecting reached a level in England in the early 18th century that it had never had before because of the shipping industry.  Plants could be gather from remote countries like America, shipped across the sea, and planted in an English…

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