Listen up. Garden History Matters. It does and these are. The aim and hope of this blog is to 'up' the profile of this fascinating and diverse subject. And along the way to share some of the remarkable, quirky, bizarre and human stories that make garden history so enjoyable.
The garden was designed in from 1841 by the English nurseryman, publisher and botanist Samuel Curtis. Curtis who designed Victoria Park in Bethnal Green from 1845. The park is being used as part of the 2012 London Olympics to host BT London Live Victoria Park.
1845 Plan for Victoria Park
Curtis eventually moved into the chateau in 1852There is a goodly correspond between Curtis and Sir William Hooker (who was Director) at Kew, and Outbooks reveal that Curtis received many new, exotic and slightly tender plants which had arrived at Kew through the endeavours of the plant hunters and which Kew dispatched in order to trial them in Curtis's new garden. There is more about the garden and hoped-for restoration at the Samuel Curtis Garden Project.
You may also recognise Samuel's surname from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, which was founded by Samuel's first cousin and father-in-law, William Curtis in 1787. Samuel succeeded to the editorship of the magazine in 1927 selling his rights in 1846. Curtis's Botanical Magazine(1801-1920) is downloadable for free from our good friends at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Samuel died at la Chaire in 1860 - and surely there must be a philanthropist or two amongst Jersey's millionaires who would like to help restore Curtis's wonderful creation?