In our History of British Gardening Series you can learn about the importance of the Domesday book and religion, discover more about the first plant hunters and the rise of the English landscape movement.
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The Romans were the first to start growing plants for ornamental purposes and not just to eat. Discover more about the impact the Romans had on gardening in Britain in this article.
The Renaissance movement was sweeping across Europe and eventually Britain in the 15th century. It endeavoured to capture the classical arts styles of ancient Rome.
Gardening was coming into its own. With it came the birth of the English Landscape movement and the lawnmower. This period also produced the inspiring Capability Brown who came to prominence in the second half of the 18th century.
Edwardians craved a rural idyll to capture the romance of the countryside within the confines of the ever-expanding urban and suburban landscape. It was a period of prosperity and this was reflected in the exuberant gardening styles.