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Robert Furber

by sarahkburke

Twelve Months of Flowers: August

Twelve Months of Flowers: August

As a follow-up to our last post, which featured images from 19th-century seed catalogs, let us look even further back.  How did people buy seeds and plants in the 18th century?

In the late 17th century, seed catalogs were often published as broadsides.  Starting in the 1720s, they might instead be published as short books.  Robert Furber’s were among the first of these books.  His Short Introduction to Gardening (1733) brought together many of his earlier catalogs.  Furber also introduced the use of luxurious illustrations to promote plants for sale, most notably with 1730’s Twelve Months of Flowers and 1732’s Twelve Months of Fruit; the lavish prints from these volumes were also available for sale.

Like other catalogs in this period, Furber’s listed no prices.  In fact, well into the 1830s, catalogs would be issued without price so that they would remain valid for several years; a separate list of prices would be circulated each year.

Twelve Months of Flowers: November

Twelve Months of Flowers: November

Furber, Robert. Twelve Months of Flowers: From the Collection of Robt. Furber, Gardiner at Kensington. London: s.n, 1730. [HOLLIS]

Spring!

by sarahkburke

What does spring look like where you live?  Here in DC, the plum and magnolia flowers have come and gone.  Some cherry blossoms are still lingering.  The wisteria are at their best, and of course summer (and roses!) is on the horizon.  Make sure to check in with the Dumbarton Oaks Garden Blog for regular photographs from our gardens: http://bloomingatdoaks.com

Here are some images of seed catalogs – from the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection – to put you in the mood for spring.

Two Glorious New Sweet Peas

Two Glorious New Sweet Peas

 

Currie Bros. Horticultural Guide

Currie Bros. Horticultural Guide

 

Group of French and German Asters

Group of French and German Asters

 

Parker and Wood

Parker and Wood