Category Gardens

Tuesday 18th May 1830 – the birth of a mower

At some time before this day Edwin Budding, an engineer from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had watched a machine in a local cloth mill that used a cutting cylinder/bladed reel mounted on a bench to trim the irregular nap from the surface of woollen cloth and give a smooth finish. This gave him an idea – ‘could […]

A great gardener dies

It was on Saturday 22nd April 1662 that John Tradescant the younger – arguably the most influential gardener of the first half of the 17th century – died. An East Anglian by birth he became a major force in the early 17th century gardens – described by many as a ‘painful industrious searcher and lover […]

The answers to the last of the Tudor Fact or Fiction

16. Tudors thought gardens were a waste of time.  Very much FALSE.  The Tudors loved their gardens.  They would be laid out with great care and attention into shapes, hedges, ponds and lakes.  The clipped hedge shapes would ‘tell’ stories. Many were used to create mazes – perfect for a secret trist with a member […]