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Historical Garden Books: Gardening a la Mode: Vegetables by Mrs. De Salis – 1 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland via Gardenista

Another great set of garden ideas from the other side of the Atlantic — Douglas     From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. Whether tender or hardy, the climate (not too cold, not too […]

Garden History: A glimpse of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

A glimpse of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, courtesy, California Historical Society, CHS2014.1796. Repository: California Historical Society Date: Undated General note: Published by Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, Calif. Format: Postcard Digital object ID: CHS2014.1796 Preferred citation: A glimpse of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, courtesy, California Historical Society, […]

Historical Book: The amateur gardener’s calendar by Mrs. Loudon, 1871

I was introduced to this book via a post on Google+ by Eugbug’s DIY Den and immediately searched to see if it was available online. A quick Google search turned up this edition, in an amazing number of formats including web-based, Kindle, EPUB, and Plain Text. A quick download and copy put it on my Kindle […]

Garden History: A Lovely Garden Path from The gardens of England in the southern & western counties, 1907

Back into the garden past with this edition of Garden History. The Internet Archive recently added over 14 million new images to the Flickr Commons. These pictures, photos and graphics were culled from their automated OCR scanning books to create digital versions of public domain books. You can read more about the project in this […]

Noted: 5 Historic Gardens In Los Angeles And Their Fascinating Stories via LAist

5 Historic Gardens In Los Angeles And Their Fascinating Stories via LAist Gardens possess a certain magic, and that’s especially true of historic gardens that seem to capture a specific moment in time. California’s oldest gardens tell stories of old Hollywood and even Spanish colonization. As the end of summer draws near, it’s the perfect […]

Garden Art: Etching of Tree from “An illustrated guide of Budapest” – British Library

This image comes from the British Library section of the Flickr Commons, a large and ever growing collection of art work and photos from museums and libraries around the world.  This etching caught my eye as I scrolled through my RSS feeds today. I am subscribed to the feed that shows me new items as […]

Garden History: Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate – Wellington Stanley Morse House 1917

Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate and this one from 1917 California garden certainly fits the bill. Garden gates, in all their forms, give us a sense of enclosure while also inviting us inside for the beauty that might be found there. I find that in all my Internet travels garden gates and fences […]

Charming garden drawing from 1896 — The British Library on Flickr

  The British Library has joined the Flickr Commons, a huge collection of historical photos and drawings from around the world. Even better these photos are drawing are free to use in your online and offline projects. After a quick search, I came across this charming graphic from A Child’s Garden of Verses … Second edition […]

Garden History: Our roots are strong and deep – Tree Roots, Saint-Cloud, Eugène Atget

Most of us well only ever see our gardens in youth and, perhaps, middle age. It is only in other’s gardens — those created long before us — that we can truly witness deep and long garden history. This photo from the famous photographer, Eugène Atget, shows just how deep garden roots can go. While these […]