J's Garden Notes - Spring 2018
Spring 2018 - J's Garden Notes
Spring is bursting through everywhere ...
The ground is erupting with life, buds are ready to burst and colour is reappearing in the garden.
The Garden Museum, Lambeth, London south bank
I recently visited the newly refurbished Garden Museum based in St Mary’s, Lambeth on the south bank - near Waterloo. The museum houses a wealth of information and artefacts about garden history, designers and specific gardens of note.
Both John Tradescant the elder 1570-1638 and his son - also John 1608-1662 - served as head Gardener to Charles 1. John the elder was most famous for his plant hunting trips to the Low Countries, Russia and through his membership of the Virginia Company introducing him to many North American species such as Rhys typhina and spiderwort (Tradescantia virginians). He collected seeds and bulbs everywhere he went and he displayed his collections in his large house in Lambeth ‘The Ark’. This became the first museum open to the public in England.
Bligh was buried in the churchyard at St Mary of Lambeth in December 1817 (200 years ago). His greatest achievement being the transplantation of the breadfruit from Tahiti to Jamaica. This had huge significance as it fruits for 7 months of the year and the fruit can be stored and dried providing the basic diet of the islanders at that time.
Around 1000 cuttings were nurtured on The Bounty before the famous mutiny which caused Bligh to flee. He returned to Tahiti though in 1793 on HMS Providence and reached Jamaica with 1281 breadfruit plants.
Of Gardens - 1625
It is the purest of human pleasures;
it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man;
without which buildings and palaces are but gross handy-works;
and a man shall come to build stately sooner than to garden finely;
as if gardening were the greater perfection.
Sir Francis Bacon
Marble statue Signed G. Castano
Currently in stock we have a 19th century marble statue of a classical maiden - possibly Flora as she carries flowers and fruit in her clothes and hair - or Autumn - part of a group of four seasons statues.
The carving is beautiful with the folds of her clothing and the hand being particularly detailed. She has had a little damage to her arm which probably held a basket of flowers or similar. She remains an absolute joy.
We also have these other two beauties in stock – giving you a great choice of good sized statuary.
A Gardeners Life - The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury
My most favourite book of gardening. In her own words her life as a developing gardener. Such a natural, passionate talent for gardens, plants and gardening. So much to gleen from this treasure chest of a book.
Chelsea Flower Show 2018
The Royal Horticultural Society has announced all sorts of exciting new areas to enjoy at this years Chelsea Flower Show from 22nd -26th May.
There are 10 big show gardens in Main Avenue, 26 gardens on display overall including the very popular and always intriguing Artisan gardens. This year there are also Health & Well-being Gardens - championing the benefits of garden spaces on all our health and wellbeing and Room To Grow Gardens - a section concentrating specifically on town gardens with lots of inspiring ideas to take away.