Edwardian (Horti)culture 7: Exercising the Imagination and Assessing the Competition

'Bar House Garden, Beverley' by Frederick William Elwell, 1914 (Beverley Art Gallery)

‘Bar House Garden, Beverley’ by Frederick William Elwell, 1914 (Beverley Art Gallery)

‘Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence. I believe that people entirely devoid of imagination never can be really good gardeners. To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal’

‘When looking through old books or modern catalogues, one feels one has nothing in one’s garden, but I must confess that visiting other people’s gardens makes me feel I really have a very fair collection’ (Mrs C. W. Earle, Pot-Pourri From a Surrey Garden, 1897).

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