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Featured Articles

  • Edward Leeds and his daffodils

    Edward Leeds, plantsman and daffodil hybridist, was born at Buile Hill, Pendleton on 9 September, 1802. He was the eldest of four children born to Thomas and Ann, daughter of Joseph Rigby of Swinton Park, Manchester.

  • Ralph Hancock F.R.H.S. Landscape Artist

    Ralph Hancock F.R.H.S. – Landscape Artist


  • Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960: growing food

    ‘Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960’ is a volunteer-run oral history project, which began in October 2007 to record people's memories of food plants gathered and grown during the first half of the 20th century in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale.

    Here volunteer Sally Reckert writes about the food grown in private gardens and allotments in the North Yorkshire Dales. 

  • The Walled Kitchen Garden

    Every estate, be it large or small, would once have had a kitchen garden, usually enclosed by walls, which produced fruit, vegetables and flowers all the year round. Fiona Grant looks at the work of the walled garden, once at the heart of the country estate.

  • Ernest Wilson - explorer and plant hunter

    Ernest Henry ‘Chinese' Wilson was a botanist, explorer, photographer, plant collector and writer active in America, Western China and England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He gained the nickname ‘Chinese' from the many plants in China he discovered and later introduced to the West. Dr Susan Gordon highlights the legacy, life and travels of this Gloucestershire-born adventurer.

  • Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild - botanist and gardener

    pgds_20080516-163426_waddesdon-manor-ntpl_62914Picnic at Waddesdon Manor, 1880sBaron Ferdinand de Rothschild was, in the words of the Princess Royal to her mother, Queen Victoria, ‘an excellent gardener and a good botanist'. Sophie Piebanga looks at his work and the legacy that lives on today in the garden he created at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire. 

  • Stephen Switzer - pioneer of the English landscape garden

    The work of Stephen Switzer was seminal to the development of the English landscape garden in the early 18th century. Timur Tatlioglu looks at the pioneering design and writings of an influential public figure.

  • The Daffodil Growers

    Photograph of daffodil with pale petals and pink-ish trumpet.The Backhouse family - famous in the 19th and early 20th century for banking, botany and horticulture - included several pioneers in daffodil breeding. Volunteer Jenny Asquith focuses on the work of Robert Ormston Backhouse (born 1854, died 1940) and his wife Sarah.

  • Eleanor Coade - artist in artificial stone

    Detail of Coade Stone plaque with high and low relief figures, pulpit, Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.Eleanor Coade was a remarkable woman who rose to the top of the male-dominated trade of artificial stone-making in the 18th century. Her own brand of stone was widely used in some of the best gardens of the day. Timur Tatlioglu looks at her contribution to the art of garden ornamentation.

  • Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960: project methodology

    thumb_sr_richmond_castle_230w‘Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960’ is a volunteer-run oral history project, which began in October 2007. They are recording people's memories of food plants gathered and grown during the first half of the  20th century in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale.

    Volunteer Sally Reckert writes about the methodology that they have developed for the project to research and record the small gardens and allotments.