Selected plants in the Hortus
The single white form is now known as Rosa banksiae normalis and bears fragrant, single white flowers. [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888)].
Added on February 11 2010
Fully hardy tree with pinnate leaves with up to 9 oblong leaflets, nearly round, edible nuts. To 28m. [RHSE, Hortus].
Added on March 19 2009
Fully-hardy herbaceous perennial with erect stems and dark green leaves and, in summer, usually solitary, double, cup- or bowl-shaped, fragrant, rose-coloured flowers. To 70cm. [RHSE, Hortus].
Added on January 29 2010
I have found no specific description of rosea superba but see Notes.
Added on June 04 2009
Moss rose. The flowers are rose pink, paler at the edges, often assuming a lilac tint, large and full, globular in shape and beautifully crested. The leaves are also sometimes crested.
Added on February 11 2010
A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. ‘The flowers are of a fine dark rose red colour, irregularly blotched with white; whilst those which appear in the spring are generally plain red. They are three or four inches in expansion. When the flowers are fully expanded they become recurved. The centre petals are often small, narrow and upright, confusedly arranged, many of them being disposed in tufts, with small parcels of stamina intermixed. Some flowers are particularly handsome and as double as a rose.’ [Don].
Added on July 04 2009
Fully-hardy, spreading deciduous tree with fissured bark, oblong leaves with rounded lobes, to 14cm long, and single or small clusters of acorns. To 35m. [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers'].
Added on February 03 2010
The Hortus software has been upgraded. This led to some minor errors in the layout of plant names, particularly in the headings of Plant Profile pages but these have now been largely overcome. Improvements are also progressively being made to the content of the Hortus in three main areas, botanical and horticultural history, cross referencing and illustrations. Some enhancements will be done as the opportunity arises but most will be completed family by family. This will take at least two years to complete.
Published Sep 14, 2010 - 04:06 PM | Last updated Aug 12, 2012 - 04:36 PM
Sir William Macarthur wrote extensively on vines and Vineyards. It is our intention to publish all his writings in the Hortus.
Published Aug 01, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Last updated Oct 04, 2010 - 04:47 PM
Working Bee dates for 2012.
Published Jun 29, 2010 - 02:59 PM | Last updated Jan 10, 2012 - 05:19 PM
Camden Park House and Gardens will be open to the public on Saturday 22nd September, 2012, from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm, and Sunday 23rd from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Published Dec 30, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Last updated Jan 09, 2012 - 05:31 PM
In the 19th century the florists’ Gloxinia was a very popular plant with hundreds of varieties under propagation. Out of fashion today, these beautiful and easily grown plants deserve to be revived. William Macarthur would not have recognised the large, multi-coloured flowers that dominate the show bench today but the plants he grew, predominantly of the slipper, or wild type, were equally beautiful.
Published Mar 14, 2010 - 01:56 PM | Last updated Jul 26, 2011 - 04:59 PM
Amaryllidaceae was a very significant family of plants in the history of the Camden Park gardens. The following Essay provides a little background to these important plants.
Published Jan 01, 2010 - 05:11 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 02:54 PM
Most of the camellias grown at Camden Park are cultivars of Camellia japonica L., the ‘Common camellia’, a native of China, Korea and Japan. The first plant introduced to Britain in 1739, and figured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine [BM t.42/1788], is close to the wild type. It bears single red flowers in early spring but is rarely planted now and was not grown at Camden Park. William Macarthur was an important breeder of camellias and many of the cultivars described in the Hortus were bred by him. Unfortunately few of these have survived.
Published Mar 13, 2010 - 02:43 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 02:46 PM
Letters on the Culture of the Vine and Manufacture of Wine by Maro, pen-name of William Macarthur. Letters V and VI deal with the formation of the vineyard and planting the vines. The illustration used here is Macarthur’s Plate 1, a ground plan for a vineyard. This is probably based on his own third vineyard, commenced c.1830.
The entire book is reproduced in the Hortus in ten parts. For background information and Macarthur’s Introduction to the book see Part 1.
Published Sep 05, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2011 - 11:15 AM
The Hortus attempts to correctly identify, describe, illustrate and provide a brief history of all the plants grown at Camden Park between c.1820 and 1861.
The Hortus plants served a wide range of purposes: ornament, living fences, fibre, dyestuffs, medicine, food from the garden and orchard, and many others.
Plants in the Hortus are grouped by Family, perhaps the most useful of the higher order classifications.
Essays enhance the Hortus by providing a level of detail about the gardens, people, and plants that would be inappropriate for an individual plant profile.
News provides an opportunity for people interested in the gardens to keep in touch with the work being done to maintain and reinvigorate the gardens and receive advance notice of events such as Open Garden days.