Notice

Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Camden Park House from the East Lawn. Photography by Leigh Youdale

Selected plants in the Hortus

Rhododendron x alterclerense ‘Coccinea Nobilis’

This plant is almost certainly one of the early Highclere hybrids known collectively as Rhododendron x alterclerense Lindl.  Azalea hybridae altaclerensae coccinea nobilis is listed in the 1836 Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA].  It is not listed in the 1830 edition.  I have found no specific description of this azalea.

Added on June 18 2009

Rosa rubiginosa ‘Superb’

The identification of this rose is uncertain.  Perhaps the most likely candidate is ‘Superb’, a Rosa rubiginosa, sweet briar cultivar described by William Paul in the first edition of The Rose Garden.  Paul describes ‘Superb’ as a robust grower with bright rose-coloured, full and cupped flowers.  [Paul 1848].  Click here to see the entry for Rosa rubiginosa L.

 

 

Added on February 11 2010

Rhododendron indicum Sweet var. mirabilis superba

Galle describes ‘Mirabilis, an old Ghent Hybrid, as existing in two forms, purplish yellow, probably mirabilis superba, and pink, probably mirabilis rosea.  If this is the correct identification then it is likely that both forms were grown at Camden Park.  Azaleas considered hardy in England included ‘Mirabilis’.  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  Paxton's Dictionary includes mirabilis in its list of good garden varieties, but not mirabilis superba or rosea.

Added on June 04 2009

Russelia equisetiformis Schltdl. & Cham.

Frost tender, deciduous, branching sub-shrub with rush-like, erect and pendant stems, very narrow elliptic leaves, to 1.5cm long, falling early, and pendant cymes of tubular scarlet flowers, to 3cm long, from spring to autumn.  To 1.5m.  [RHSE].

Added on February 17 2010

Helichrysum species unidentified

Unidentified species.

Added on September 17 2009

Narcissus poeticus L. subsp. radiiflorus (Salisb.) Baker

See Narcissus poeticus L. for a detailed description of the species.  The leaves of radiiflorus are narrower than the species with a more erect crown.  [Hortus].  Burbidge describes Narcissus angustifolius as similar to radiiflorus but with a slightly different flower.  Other plants given here as synonyms also vary slightly from the type. 

Added on May 17 2009

Belamcanda chinensis (L.) DC.

Half-hardy, tuberous-rooted, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with sword-shaped basal and stem leaves, the loosely branched stems bearing a succession of up to 12, wide-opening, bright yellow to orange-red flowers with maroon spots, followed by black seeds, in summer.  To 90cm or more.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Added on October 18 2009

News

Improvements to Hortus Camdenensis

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 on Vines and Vineyards

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

Working Bee dates for 2012.

Published Jun 29, 2010 - 02:59 PM | Last updated Jan 10, 2012 - 05:19 PM

Open House and Gardens

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

Essays

Letters on the Culture of the Vine. Part 1: Introduction

‘Letters’ is an important book in the history of wine production in Australia and this is, I believe, the first time that the full text has been made available outside the major libraries. The value of William Macarthur’s book compared with earlier Colonial publications is that it is written from the perspective of over twenty years of experience of growing grapes and making wine in New South Wales. He does include theory from the pens of European authorities but the bulk of the book is written from personal experience. He is in effect saying ‘this is what we have found to work here’.

‘Letters’ is reproduced in 10 parts, beginning with the Introduction, which provides information on the history of the book and gives a synopsis of early experiences of vine importation and wine production.

Published Aug 27, 2010 - 05:50 PM | Last updated Nov 24, 2011 - 02:57 PM

Rambles in New Zealand - Part 4

Rambles in New Zealand is the only published work of John Carne Bidwill of any length and an important document in the early colonial history of that country.
It is included in the Hortus for a number of reasons but mainly because, together with his letters to The Gardeners’ Chronicle, it completes the known published works of Bidwill. His importance in the history of the Camden Park gardens and the lack of any substantive treatment of his life and achievements make it appropriate to include all his published work here.
Rambles is published here in four parts:
Part 1 – dedication, Preface, pages 1-29
Part 2 – pages 30-59
Part 3 – pages 60-89
Part 4 – pages 90 -93, List of Subscribers

Published Feb 29, 2012 - 02:37 PM | Last updated Mar 16, 2015 - 02:13 PM

Rambles in New Zealand - Part 2

Rambles in New Zealand is the only published work of John Carne Bidwill of any length and an important document in the early colonial history of that country.
It is included in the Hortus for a number of reasons but mainly because, together with his letters to The Gardeners’ Chronicle, it completes the known published works of Bidwill. His importance in the history of the Camden Park gardens and the lack of any substantive treatment of his life and achievements make it appropriate to include all his published work here.
Rambles is published here in four parts:
Part 1 – dedication, Preface, pages 1-29
Part 2 – pages 30-59
Part 3 – pages 60-89
Part 4 – pages 90 -93, List of Subscribers

Published Feb 29, 2012 - 12:18 PM | Last updated Mar 01, 2012 - 07:02 AM

Raising Tropaeolum tricolor from seed

If you have tried growing Tropaeolum tricolor from seed you have probably encountered difficulty and obtained a low germination rate.  This was certainly my experience before I took this advice.

Published Jan 01, 2010 - 03:33 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 03:38 PM

About the Hortus

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.

Plants in the Hortus

The Hortus plants served a wide range of purposes: ornament, living fences, fibre, dyestuffs, medicine, food from the garden and orchard, and many others.

Plant Families

Plants in the Hortus are grouped by Family, perhaps the most useful of the higher order classifications.

Essays

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.

Hortus News

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.