From Scotland, the 1905 Florist’s Flowers and Border Plants catalogue of John Forbes contains plans for perennial borders composed of plants he could provide. Several Irish firms from this period are represented in the collection. The Hogg & Robertson and Wm. Baylor Hartland catalogues advertise Irish-grown bulbs as superior to those imported from Holland, and the Lissadell nursery stocked an immense selection of daffodils, alpines and herbaceous plants.1
Special features of the 1900 Floral Guide of H. Cannell are the detailed shipping and export terms available to customers across the British Empire at the turn of the century, and testimonials from the colonies. They also devoted several pages to a list of their royal and noble patrons, a practice which was typical of the time, but which became less common after the First World War.
- See the website of the Lissadell House, Sligo, Ireland for information on the history of the estate and its association with the poet W.B. Yeats: http://www.lissadellhouse.com Return to text ↑