Seasonal Inspiration #6 More History of Gardening

Seasonal Inspiration #6 More History of Gardening

April 29, 2018 Off By Keep It Green

A garden with history

The history of gardening is of course a never ending story. It rolls with the seasons, inspiring green and experienced gardeners alike.

Here is a thought or two on another gardening history book I’ve just finished, which has now been awarded a firm place for reference on our book shelves.

Jenny Uglow’s ‘A Little History of British Gardening’, not only unfurls a timeline of gardening trends through changes in religious invasions, monarchy whims, and World Wars as you would expect. Jenny presents a history that can also be found in novels, plays, song and poetry.

Voices of a modern culture promoting gardening for wellness, mental health and education are surprisingly nothing new. For one reason or another they’ve just been misplaced throughout history. Fortunately they have now been rediscovered, although with barely a reference to their historical inception. So no lesson learnt there then, lets see if we can’t do better this time ay kids.

So thank you Jenny Uglow for compiling such a thought provoking and informative body of work.

I thoroughly recommend ‘A Little History of British Gardening’. Perfect for anyone interested in the subtleties of social change, and of course for every gardener young and old.

Flowers from a Woodland Walk

Until next time, I shall leave you with a few pictures of wild flowers I found along the paths in The Stour Woods, Wrabness, Essex. They are Dog-Violet, Yellow Dead Nettle, Wild Garlic and of course the Bluebell. I don’t know if they are native to Essex, the UK or even the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps a traveler in Jenny’s book brought them back on a ship one day and they’ve now found their way into our “native” woodlands. I’d like to think they have a secret origin anyway.

Dog Violet flower Viola riviniana

Yellow Deadnettle flowers

Wild Garlic

Bluebells in an Essex woodland

My copy of this book came from Amazon costing me £1 plus postage, so I’d say that was a fair investment.

Comments are welcome, especially if you have further reading to recommend, do share 🌱🎓

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