The Wild Garden: Or Our Groves and Gardens Made Beautiful by the Naturalisation of Hardy Exotic Plants? Being One Way Onwards from the Dark Ages of Flower Gardening, with Suggestions for the Regeneration of the Bare Borders of the London Parks by W Robinson (Paperback / softback, 2016)
Excerpt from The Wild Garden: Or Our Groves and Gardens Made Beautiful by the Naturalisation of Hardy Exotic Plants? Being One Way Onwards From the Dark Ages of Flower Gardening, With Suggestions for the Regeneration of the Bare Borders of the London Parks There has been some misunderstanding as to the term Wild Garden. It is applied essentially to the placing of perfectly hardy exotic plants in places and under conditions where they will become established and take care of them selves. It has thing to do with the old idea of the wilderness, though it may be carried out in connection with that. It does t necessarily mean the picturesque garden, for a garden may be highly picturesque, and yet in every part the result of ceaseless care. \vhat it does mean is best explained by the winter Aconite owering under a grove of naked trees in February; by the Sw ake growing abundantly in meadows by the Thames side by the perennial Lupine dyeing an islet with its purple in a Scotch river; and by the Apennine Anemone staining an English wood blue before the blooming of our blue bells. Multiply these instances a thousandfold, illustrated by many different types of plants and hardy climbers, from countries as cold or colder than our own, and one may get a just idea of the wild garden. Some have erroneously represented it as allowing a garden to run wild, or sowing annuals promiscuously; whereas it studiously avoids meddling with the garden proper at all, except in attempting the improve ments of bare shrubbery borders in the London parks and elsewhere; but these are waste spaces, t gardens. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.