Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste : And Recreations for Town Folk, in the Study and Imitation of Nature [E-Book] / Shirley Hibberd.
Hibberd, Shirley, (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 1856
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1 online resource (372 pages)
Cambridge library collection. Botany and Horticulture
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James Shirley Hibberd (1825-90) was a journalist and horticultural writer who worked as a bookseller before devoting his time to researching and lecturing and publishing on gardening. An active member of the Royal Horticultural Society, he edited several gardening magazines including Floral World, and his writing was widely enjoyed and respected. This book, first published in 1856, is Hibberd's carefully researched and practical guide to decorating the home and garden. Hibberd explains the practical aspects of garden design, the pleasures of bee-keeping, and how to construct a pond or aquarium. Full of useful advice on everything from preserving cut flowers to the ideal species of bird to keep in an aviary, this is a charming and enjoyable manual for the Victorian gardener which was very popular in its time, and remains a useful source for the cultural historian as well as an entertaining treat for the general reader.