2012 Gardens Concept
There are four gardens running in sequence and forming a timeline. The regions with which each garden represents are;
Western Europe, The Mediterranean and Asia Minor
The source of most garden plants from the classical civilisations, but increasingly sampled with the accelerating development of international trade and travel post 1400 AD.
The Temperate Americas
Particularly important from 1600-1800 AD, and now once more with interest in prairie and woodland planting. Still the main source of summer flower colour in British gardens.
The Southern Hemisphere; South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
The major plant passion of the late C18th-early C19th is South Africa. Winter cold historically limited the possibilities in gardening terms, but now with global warming these “strange and exotic” flora will now have their time again.
Temperate Asia, particularly Montane China, Japan and the Himalayas.
Politically closed in many cases until the C19th, climatic similarity to Britain makes these the dominant plant passion of the C19th and C20th.