For the Garden Historian who has Almost Everything
And if like me your favorite garden historian doesn't have quite everything (but is rich, rich in friends!), then perhaps something south in price from the lovely Porter telescope is appropriate. (Disclaimer: I have no connection to any of these purveyors, so nothing to gain)
Sundial made from recycled cups from the UK's Save-a-Cup scheme, at the gardenboutique (garden clock also available)
Handcrafted modernist birdhouses by the Austrian firm raumhochrosen, representing twentieth century buildings in their home state of Vorarlberg
When people hear I have a master's degree in Garden History, their first response is often to laugh. It does have something of the underwater-basket-weaving ring to it. Next they're surprised, as I myself was initially, to find out that it is in fact a serious and scholarly 'field' of study; much like architectural history, only about landscapes instead of buildings. Then, then, they're fascinated. It only takes a little explaining for them to catch on that gardens are so much more than just a pretty place. So much more than just a collection of plants. I hope to share what, and why, with this blog.
History begins with the last moment. So this blog will also include recent garden history...spaces and objects of interest now, as well as what is past. No generation has a lock on what is beautiful or innovative, so the best understanding, the best design, the most satisfying garden places, have something of both past and present, now and then.