1 – The end of the glass tax in England helped spur the greenhouse movement.
2 – The first written account of composting appears on clay tablets around 2300 BC.
3 – Charcoal briquettes are linked to Henry Ford and the wood used to build Model Ts.
4 – The first scarecrows were people.
5 – Railroad Garden. It’s a real thing. There’s one at the Chicago Botanic Garden that I might just have to see for myself.
6 – Bottle trees – colored bottles placed on the ends of leafless tree branches – came to the American South with the slaves from the African kingdom of Kongo.
7 – A ha-ha is the original invisible fence.
8 – A greenhouse was discovered at Pompeii.
9 – The United States Botanic Garden was founded in 1850 and has been in continuous operation since.
10 – It is believed that Columbus is the first European to see a hammock, which he encountered in the Bahamas and brought back to Spain.
Who knew that gardening would give me such a glimpse of history? I’m not really a history buff. However, I do like knowing little obscure tidbits of information. To me, it just makes life more interesting.
Today I had the opportunity to review an upcoming book by Suzanne Staubach entitled A Garden Miscellany. It’s ‘an illustrated guide to the elements of the garden.’ Since I’m all about creating my own little garden escape, I thought it might be a fruitful read. Again I find that there is never enough time, energy or money to incorporate all the ideas running through my mind. I’m still dreaming of a greenhouse, but now I think a summerhouse would also be fantastic. And I need a scarecrow. And I’ve yet to paint that birdbath. And a little lighting would be nice. And my paths always need work. Whew! See what I mean?!
I will note that I have devoted most of my resources this spring into adding decorative elements to my garden. Staubach quotes garden historian George Plumptre by stating “Ornament has elevated the garden from being a place of production to a place of pleasure.” I think that describes my goal perfectly. My garden is bringing me so much pleasure! I promise to share photos soon.