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October 6, 2019

It was the Georgian’s appetite for travel and exploration which contributed to glasshouses becoming the cornerstone of the English Country Garden.

Orangeries had already started appearing more than a century earlier in order to house citrus trees imported from Spain but it was a new-found fascination with botanicals in the 1700’s which saw ornate and elaborately designed glasshouses appearing in the grand gardens throughout the Kingdom. 1.jpg

As well as prolonging the growing season for fruit and vegetables, glasshouses protected delicate, exotic plants from the frosts and ravages of the British winter months. Many of these plants were brought back by budding young horticulturalists as they returned from ‘grand tours’ around Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Indeed it was thanks to glasshouses that in the 18th and 19th century that gardeners were able to start cultivating a whole new swath of botanicals and plant species into their flowerbeds, many of which are now commonplace in every back garden and window box across the country.

Glasshouses quickly became places to relax and enjoy peace, quiet and a moment of mindfulness. The perfect place to slip back into the rhythm of nature… something very much akin to Broken Clock’s philosophy. 2.jpg