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With season 4 of the hit series Downton Abbey premiering January 5th, fans continue to tune in to the popular show about an Edwardian-era family & their estate. Filmed at Highclere Castle, a royal estate with a garden that dates to 1218, today the garden retains the aesthetic of its most famous designer—Lancelot Capability Brown, a preeminent British landscape architect who championed rolling meadows and natural overgrowth.
Florigelia were popular in the seventeeth century. Often illustrated by eminent artists, the lavishly produced books catalogued the plants in a garden, or collected on an expedition. Who can afford to produce such a book today? A prince, of course. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, who sponsored The Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of plants in the royal garden, and one of the most expensive books of modern times. 
Visitors to the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle are greeted with a big black gate that warns "These Plants May Kill." Lurking beyond the miasmatic fog is a collection of over 100 botanic assassins & intoxicants that include the legendary deadly nightshade, strychnine, and mandrake, as well as ubiquitous garden plants like foxglove, datura, and laburnum.
Last Friday, the York Minister Cathedral in England covered its entire nave in grass for a celebratory dinner.
Beth Dow's photographs of formal English and Italian gardens capture quiet moments that belie a garden's ever-humming life. In the Garden is a meditation on classic concepts of paradise and garden design, in which the photographer becomes a gardener, guiding the viewer's eye and creating a mood. She tells us a bit about some of her favorite photographs from In the Garden.
Isabel and Julian Bannerman rose to the top of Britain's garden world by recreating the romance of the classic English garden. Now they are poised for a second act. 
Photographs of some of English designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman's gardens, including their own home Hanham Court, Asthall Manor (childhood home of the Mitford sisters), and Wychwood Manor.
Our review of the new book of inspirational photos from well-known garden photographer Andrea Jones. 
With its red and white blossoms, the York and Lancaster rose (Rosa damascena versicolor) marked the end of the War of the Roses, and symbolized the union of feuding families, each with their own rose: the House of York, with its white rose, and the House of Lancaster, with its red rose. 
At age 72, 18th-century British artist Mary Delany began her floral collages. In an age of decoupage and floral paintings, her intricate paper art was a nod to both, and a new style of botanic art. 
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