From a Victorian Garden is the first gardening book of its kind—a remarkable historical record and the point of departure for modern gardeners replicating the charms of a traditional turn-of-the-century garden for their own delight. Using period photographs and new full color photography together with material from journals and letters, this book remembers the magnificent Victorian garden of the Point Ellice House created more than a century ago by the O’Reilly family. It is here that Judge Peter O’Reilly and his wife Caroline and daughter Kathleen established a glorious floral landscape, perfectly maintained throughout the decades.
Horticulturally inspiring, and filled with wonderful photographs and rich, detailed text, this book takes readers step-by-step through the basics of their own heirloom gardens, to the more advanced concepts such as designing a welcoming driveway or laying a shrubbery border for year-round bloom. Bursting with ideas for gaining abundant pleasure from your own garden, From a Victorian Garden reveals one of the truly magnificent gardens of the past—still very much alive today.
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Michael Weishan is an expert in the field of historical gardening, and is the host of PBS' The Victory Garden.
Cristina Roig Morris lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons.
Weishan and Roig offer an absorbing chronicle of British Columbia’s Point Ellice House, a quaint residence owned by one family, the O’Reilly’s, for nearly a century. Now a historical landmark and museum, the slow progression of the home’s remarkable gardens is traced through a series of vivid color photos by Susan Seubert and the black-and-white engravings original owner Peter O’Reilly used to plan his garden. Strictly adhering to the idea that "Victorian gardens were expected to be productive as well as aesthetically pleasing," O’Reilly and his wife, Caroline, laid the foundation of the grounds that exist to this day. Excerpts from family letters included throughout the book provide an intimate look at the love the O’Reilly’s lavished on their garden—and each other. The handsome book features the ornate gravel paths, croquet lawns, vegetable and cutting gardens that are all key features of this impressive estate (the average hobbyist should note that the O’Reilly’s maintained an extensive staff of laborers to carry out the property’s more menial tasks). Detailed listings of the period roses planted at Point Ellice will intrigue even the most knowledgeable rosarians, while advice on "Hosting a Victorian Garden Tea Party" will have many readers eagerly pulling out their grandmother’s china for a late-afternoon fete. The authors also include several of Mrs. O’Reilly’s favorite recipes derived from her garden labors, and other sections offer how-to tips on playing croquet, naturalizing bulbs and even espaliering fruit trees, the lost art of training trees to grow flat against walls. This cozy yet practical book is a must for gardeners determined to replicate the charm and merriment of the authentic Victorian garden.
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