Chiswick House & Gardens Trust is holding a plant sale this week (Monday 15 – Friday 19 June – every day except Thursday) to raise funds for the maintenance of the house and grounds.
Having lost all this year’s revenue from weddings and other commercial events, they need to raise £120,000 by September to keep the beautiful gardens maintained, clean and safe for the public to use. So far they have raised £25,000 towards their goal. Now they’re selling off hundreds of plants they’ve grown for events which are no longer happening, to raise a bit more cash. See how to book a timed slot (which will cost you £5) to go and see what they have available and find out what kind of plants are on sale here.
The Trust offered a free pot of Chiswick House honey and the time slot of your choice to the first five people to answer our competition question correctly.
Image above: Pelargonium Lord Bute
The competition question was:
The beautiful dark red pelargonium pictured is a Lord Bute. I imagine it’s named after the Lord Bute who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762 to 1763, under George III. In retirement he pursued his interest in Botany. In what year did he publish his famous botanical work Botanical Tables Containing the Families of British Plants?
The answer is 1785 and the winners are: Trisha Cochrane, Nicola Pyne, Elnora Terakopian, Lydia Berkennou and John Bignham.
Lord Bute printed twelve sets of the Tables at his own expense, at a total cost of £1,000. Most sets were bound in speckled fawn calf leather with the Bute coat of arms placed centrally. Two sets were specially prepared for the royal family and bound in red goatskin with pages edged in gold but without the Bute arms.
Seven of them he presented to women, including Queen Charlotte (wife of King George III) and Catherine II (Empress of Russia). He was particularly keen to explain the taxonomic system to women, since he felt that this “delightful part of nature” was peculiarly suited to the attention of the “fair sex”. Botany, under their protection, would soon become a fashionable amusement.
He’d be pleased to know that most of our competition entrants and four of the winners were women, though I am pleased to say we had entries from men and women, and there was one male winner.
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