So it seems that if you’re in the know and part of the gardening fraternity, William Robinson is known as the ‘Father of the English Flower Garden’. So – now we’re in the know!
A potted history (see what I did there!) of William Robinson:
Robinson’s greatest written work ‘The English Flower Garden’ was published in 1883 and is still available today (I think I ordered a second-hand copy the other evening). He encouraged individuality and imagination, and the studying the interaction of plants, “how each one’s size, shape and foliage worked with the other to create a private, personal wilderness”.
Robinson became a most influential and respected gardener and horticultural writer, and the best example of his taste can be seen at his own garden at Gravetye Manor in Sussex.