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Planting the Plantsman’s Garden

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An area planted with stachys, lavender, valerian and furcraeas by the pool in the author’s garden. Author’s photographs.
It is in such a border as this that we attain the utmost variety, unceasingly beautiful, every yard different, every week varying, holding on its surface at least three times the value of plant life and successional plant beauty of any ordinary garden.
Frank Miles, quoted in William Robinson’s
English Flower Garden

By all rights, this winter should be noted as a most significant centennial for all serious gardeners, since it was in November 1883 that William Robinson’s The English Flower Garden was published. This event was important not only for the English, but for gardeners everywhere who enjoy and want to grow a wide range of plants.

It is difficult to pinpoint revolutions in taste. Already, by 1883, Great Britain had seen a tremendous influx of plants from all over the world, and there were many gardens that were also sizeable collections. However, Robinson’s great work was at once a strongly worded manifesto and an enthusiastic spelling out of the possibilities of the plantsman...

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