Landscape Gardening: The Importation of Foreign Plants

When a new plant arrived from another part of the world, botantists and other plant lovers were reluctant to trim and shape them for fear that they might kill them.

As a result, the plants were grown under as natural conditions as possible, and they came to serve as symbols of wildness in other lands.

Interest in these exotic plants naturally led to comparative interest in native plants.

Even the Giant Sequoias were sent to Europe in large numbers. Today they can be seen growing in front of Heidelberg Castle in Germany.




Albert Bierstadt, The Great Trees, Mariposa Grove, c. 1875, Hirschl and Adler Galleries