The Heart of English Gardens

The expanse of a manicured lawn rolled out as a carpet to Hampton Court. Lancelot Brown attempted to share his vision of the property. How could he quite explain to Hannah Moore? "'Now there' said he, pointing his finger, 'I make a comma, and there' pointing to another spot, 'where a more decided turn is proper, I make a... Continue Reading →

Fern Hunts

You may wonder how the Victorians entertained themselves before the invention of radio and television. Why, fern hunting, of course! Victorians were obsessed with ferns. Up until the nineteenth century, ferns were rare in England. To the Victorians, these plants captured the mystery and majesty of another era. Naturalist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward was the first... Continue Reading →

Dilly Bean Season

The mere sight of a canning jar musters notions of picnic season. We recall days of dodging honeybees to pluck strawberries for preserves, and canning tomatoes for beefy winter stews when the oscillating fans are traded in for robust hearth fires. Ball, Kerr, and Mason jars rivaled for popularity in hot kitchens when the pressure... Continue Reading →

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