The Wardian case was invented by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868). The case allowed plants to be transported all over the globe. It’s a simple box that changed the world.
Pierre-Joseph Redouté is arguably the most renowned floral illustrator in history. He painted plants in the Royal gardens of Paris using a technique of applying color to etchings by hand. His etchings were vibrant and detailed and attracted the attention of some influential patrons.
Mrs. Francis King (1863 – 1948) was one of the most prominent gardeners of the early twentieth century. She counted among her friends and correspondents some of the most influential gardeners in history, including Gertrude Jekyll, Charles Sprague Sargent, William Robinson, Fletcher Steele, Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Martha Brookes Hutcheson.
During the mid-Victorian period, daffodils weren’t considered fashionable. Thankfully, Peter Barr was not a slave to fashion.