Historical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller – 20 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller – 20 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller - 20 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller - 20 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller - 20 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard (1735) by Philip Miller - 20 in a Series

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Publication date 1735
Publisher London, Printed for the Author
Digitizing sponsor UMass Amherst Libraries
Contributor UMass Amherst Libraries
Language English
Volume v.1
 

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Geodesic dome protects cob house and family of 6 in Arctic Circle via Urban Organic Gardener

Geodesic dome protects cob house and family of 6 in Arctic Circle via Urban Organic Gardener
 

When you think about living in the Arctic Circle you often imagine a modern structure with modern facilities. Truth be told, architecture has a long history of keeping a good idea over the years. That is why this cob house under a geodesic dome is all you need in order to have a good life even in difficult circumstances. The house is hand-built by the Hjertefølgers family. The geodesic dome over it is glass-paned and provides a comfortable life as well as a good environment to grow their own food. Located on the island of Sandhornøya, in Norway, the 5 bedroom-home spans over 3 levels and is solar powered! Take a virtual tour of every room to get a glimpse into what it means to live this way. Watch the incredible story of the `Nature House`, how it was raised and how it is living in it now.

Hjertefølgerne / The Heart Followers from Deadline Media on Vimeo.

 
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1st Annual California Native And Drought Tolerant Plant Self Guided Garden Tour – Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council – Sunday, October 21, 2018 – Noon to 3pm

1st Annual California Native And Drought Tolerant Plant Self Guided Garden Tour - Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council - Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Noon to 3pm

Sherman Oaks neighborhood Council

1st annual California native and drought tolerant plant self guided garden tour

October 21, 2018 noon to 3 PM

  • Receive complimentary DWP lawn rebate information and materials
  • Learn various ways to conserve water and save money
  • Discuss ideas and resources on how to make your landscape quotewater wise“
  • Tour participants will be available to answer your questions

Meet at 13843 Milbank St., Sherman Oaks to begin the tour and receive a list of participating homes and water wise Gardens

 

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L. Templin Seed Company (1918) – 9 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L. Templin Seed Company (1918) – 9 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L. Templin Seed Company (1918) - 9 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Catalog, L. Templin Seed Company (1918) - 9 in a series

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Bits of History and F acts.

In the year 1866, the founder of this business, the late Lewis Templin, began, in a small way , the propagation and growing of Fruit Trees, Vines and Plants, on the old farm near Calla, Ohio. A few years later, when we boys grew up, (there were four of us then, and all living today) we began the mail-order Seed and Plant departments. The business grew steadily, because we always furnished the best of everything, at moderate prices, and never allowed a patron to remain dissatisfied, if they reported their trouble to us.

Thus it is that the old patrons who have traded with the house for many years, and kept telling their friends about Templin quality, have made possible the growth and continuance of the business: For a business firm cannot successfully continue for Fifty-two Years unless they deal justly and give satisfaction.

Today the business is still managed by one of the original firm and his son, and it is conducted along the original lines: The same purpose to deal with you justly and liberally ; the same guarantee of satisfaction or money returned; the same careful selection of the very best old, and only worthy new varieties; the same de- termination to have everything true to name. Our fifty-two years of acquired experience in buying and selling are now at our service; they will benefit you by protecting your interests and giving the best of everything.

The above are bits of history of the past, and facts about the present, given space here merely as an introduc- tion to new customers and prospective buyers. To you who this season send in your first order, we guarantee the same square dealing, high grade and quality, and full satisfaction for which this house has always been noted.

You, our regular patrons, need not a word about the quality of our Seeds and Plants, for you have used them. Your orders and words of commendation to your friends have all been, and will always be, greatly appreciated.

M. B. Templin.

J. Lester Templin.

L. Templin Seed Company.

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Publication date 1918
Publisher [Calla, Ohio : L. Templin Seed Company]
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1918
 
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Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy via Instagram

Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy via Instagram

Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy

On the grounds of this summer palace of the Savion Dukes and Kings 

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Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale via Instagram

Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale via Instagram

Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale 

Largest enclosed park in the world including an F1 Raceway, historic Villa Reale (royal palace) Olympic-sizes outdoor pool and acres and acres of grass and trees. 

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Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908) by Jacob Biggle, – 19 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, – 19 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, - 19 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, - 19 in a Series

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PREFACE

In reality a preface is rather a queer thing, because it’s a “foreword” which is written last! So, it seems, I am now to have the last word. To begin, I feel especially indebted to R. L. Watts for several extracts from his excellent Pennsylvania Bulletin No. 147; to W. N. Hutt, author of Maryland Bulletin No. 116 ; and to the authors of various other bulletins, books and catalogs whose writings have given me occasional lifts over rough places. My thanks go also to the E. A. Strout Co., New York City, and to a few well-known implement manufacturers, who kindly loaned me several photographs. ‘Most of the pictures in the book, however, were especially made for it by expert photographers and engravers who were carefully instructed regarding the practical details of each picture.

Now just a few hints about the final problem of the average gardener — the selling end of the business : Don’t ship to every strange commission house that solicits your consignment. Get a good solid house and stick to it. Or sell direct to storekeepers; or join or form a co-operative shipping and selling association ; or work up a list of retail customers of your own. As an aid to the latter plan, the Long Island Agronomist, Huntington, N. Y., has evolved a shipping package which it calls a “home hamper.” It measures twenty-four inches long, fourteen inches wide, ten inches deep, and weighs about thirty pounds when filled. It contains six baskets holding about one-half peck each; these are filled with vegetables in season, from radishes to cauliflower. Assortment is made to furnish soup, salad and substantial, with occasional fancies, such as eggplant and cantaloupes. Home hampers are packed in the morning, shipped by express at 7 A. M., and delivered at the customer’s door in time for dinner ; hence real sweet corn, crisp lettuce, melting peas, beans, etc., all A No. 1, are available for the table of the city dweller. The average family uses two home hampers per week. Price, $1.50 each, delivered at the door, within the delivery limits of the Long Island Express Company and payable at the end of each month. Good idea, it seems to me. Try it.

Send only fresh, clean, attractive products to market ; sort, grade and honestly pack and mark each package ; give full measure ; use only clean, neat packages, and put your name and brand thereon. Keep the ”culls” for stock feed; earn a reputation for fancy products only.

My earnest wish : May your garden be a great success, whether planned for pleasure or profit.

Elmwood. Jacob Biggle.

 

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Publication date 1908
Publisher Philadelphia, W. Atkinson Co.
Digitizing sponsor The Library of Congress
Language English

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Native Plant Sale Weekend!, Sepulveda Garden Center, October 13 & 14, 2018

Native Plant Sale Weekend!, Sepulveda Garden Center, October 13 & 14, 2018

Native Plant Sale Weekend!
Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society (LA/SMM)
October 13 & 14, 2018 – 10am – 3:00pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA, 91436

MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am -10am Saturday only

ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS*

We will have an expanded selection this year – with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate – there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. Items for sale include perennial wildflowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase.

During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott (1903) – 8 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott (1903) – 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

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January 1st, 1903.

IT IS with the greatest pleasure I send my little catalogue for A 1903 season to my friends and patrons. I wish to thank you all for the very successful season of 1902. The demand for my seeds obliged me to issue an extra edition of 38,000 catalogues last year, and I trust the coming season may require even a larger extra edition. I have done my best to make the 1903 catalogue better than that of any previous year, and trust that I have been fortunate enough to give just what my friends most want.

A review of my customers’ names reveals the pleasant fact that very many remain with me from year to year, giving me continued patronage, and this fact I take to be the highest compliment that could be paid any business, and the best incentive to renewed energy.

The universal cold, wet summer has made seed-growing rather up-hill work, in many instances causing seeds to rot in the ground and preventing germination entirely. Some, no doubt, are very much discouraged, but I earnestly hope not entirely so, and that they will try again, feeling assured that with more favorable weather they will surely reap rich results in beautiful blossoms. At the urgent request of many patrons, I have added a line of roses and vines to my business, which you will find in the copy of Floral Culture which goes with every cash order of seeds, or will be sent on application FREE. I receive a number of letters saying the writers failed to receive a catalogue for several years, to all of which I would reply, I mail a catalogue to all of my customers each year, to everyone who purchases seed, but many of these go astray in the mail. So to all who will drop a card asking for one, if theirs is late in appearing, I will send’ it with pleasure. I have received so many nice letters from kind friends. I wish it were possible to print and answer them all, but space is limited; so kindly remember that they are all read and fully appreciated, and I answer them as best I can in this general letter in my catalogue greeting. Thanking you all for past favors and hoping for the continuance of your patronage, I am, Very sincerely yours,

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Publication date 1903
Publisher Minneapolis, Minn. : Miss C.H. Lippincott
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1903
 
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Container Garden Update 45: Planting Mums and Gazania [Video] (1:50)

Container Garden Update 45: Planting Mums and Gazania

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October 2, 2018

Just a quick video to show you I am still getting into the garden on occasion. Work has kept me at the computer far more than outdoors of late, but with today’s rain forecast I thought it best to get these new acquisitions into their pots. There is one more set of purple and yellow mums to go into another pot which I hope to get done today.

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