Plants of Croome
The Plant Collection of the 6th Earl of Coventry at Croome Park, Worcestershire
The parkland at Croome, in Worcestershire, was the first landscape designed by Lancelot Brown, employed by the 6th Earl of Coventry. The Earl amassed a vast, diverse plant collection, for which over six hundred bills have survived; they cover more than sixty years from 1747 to his death in 1809. Large numbers of plants were purchased at enormous cost and there were many first introductions to Britain. By the end of the eighteenth century, this was arguably the finest private collection ever formed. The Summer 2015 edition of Garden History features an article by Margaret Stone and her colleagues from the Croome Plant Research Group that examines the plants, plant bills and landscaping in detail and the pdfs are of that article, a list of the nurserymen involved, and a complete list of the plants contained within these.
Supplement to Garden History 43:1
Summer 2015: Plants of Croome 1746–1813
Margaret Stone, Ann Hooper, Pamela Shaw and Lesley Tanner