Love of flowers and gardening reached a passionate peak in the early 1800’s in England. Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, and the mood of the times included a love of all things delicate and young and fresh. Flowers became an important part of the grand garden, and gardeners enthusiastically greeted new plants arriving from all over the world. Victorians were also passionately interested in scientific discoveries, and the art of flower hybridization was extremely popular.
With the rise of a new well-to-do middle class, the suburban garden was born. For the first time, businessmen worked in the city and lived in rural areas. Nicolette Scourse, in The Victorians and Their Flowers, said that “the suburban garden was acknowledged as a means by which a person could obtain social credit via his obvious wealth and his ‘correct taste.’ ” The feasibility of a suburban garden was increased dramatically with the…
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