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19th Century Period Garden

Mid-Late Victorian 1860-1890


Canna indica ‘purpurea’ with pelargonium ‘Mrs Pollock’ - photograph by Sunniva Harte

Victorians developed a passion for gardening and plant collecting.

Their taste for formal gardens and adapted historical styles was seen in fountains, ornamental features and scallop-edged beds.

New heating and construction methods and cheaper glass made conservatories and greenhouses both affordable and popular, providing suitable environments for raising ‘exotic’ and half-hardy annuals.

Boxhedge and greenhouse Boxhedge and greenhouse
Photographer: Sunniva Harte

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