Garden

John Ruskin’s Cravat

Aconite There is a deep blue aconite coming to the end of its flowering in the garden at present. It is almost the same shade of blue as the cravat worn by John Ruskin in the portrait painted of him in 1879...

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Charles Dickens in the Garden

Charles Dickens is in the garden somewhere. Well, we know roughly where he is; he's among the dahlias at the front of the house, somewhere in among these. We know that because there is a variety of dahlia named after Charles Dickens....

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John Ruskin’s Strawberries

We have strawberries growing in the front garden. Unlike Lady Ludlow in Elizabeth Gaskell's novella, the decision to plant strawberries was not prompted by a wish to show our aristocratic genes. We are told in Chapter 3 of My Lady Ludlow, that...

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Sir Joseph Paxton

Sir Joseph Paxton has returned to the garden. To be accurate it is the rose named after him that has returned. Here he is (with his small green admirers!) The rose was planted in the garden because Elizabeth Gaskell met Sir Joseph...

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Finding Breathing Space at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

As part of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Heritage Lottery funded project celebrating the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth St Luke’s Art Project have been invited to run some workshops in the house, garden and Swinton Grove Park (land which used to belong to the house...

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