Selected plants in the Hortus
Half-hardy, tuberous-rooted perennial buttercups with basal leaves and branching flower stems bearing 1-4 cup-shaped, red, pink, yellow or white flowers with purple-black centres in spring and summer. To 45cm. [RHSE, Hortus].
Added on January 26 2009
Fruit; large, ovate, angular. Skin; greenish yellow with green and white specks and russet about the apex. Flesh; white, firm, crisp, juicy, pleasantly acid and perfumed. [HP pl.XXIII/1878].
Added on April 16 2010
A cultivar of Camellia japonica L. The flowers of ‘Atrorubens’ are small to medium, the outside petals deep crimson and heavy textured with darker veins, the centre of the flower filled with small, confused petals. [ICR]. ‘A very vigorous shrub; leaves large, ovate-lanceolate, attenuated at the superior extremity, very dentate, of a deep green, coriaceous bud of ordinary size with blackish scales; flower three inches in diameter, full, irregular, of a deep orange red, No.6; exterior petals in three rows, regularly placed, broad, imbricated, recurved and conspicuously displayed; those of the interior smaller, short, elevated, distorted, rumpled and separated from the first, forming a depressed centre; blooms with difficulty.-Superb.’ [Berlèse Monography p.83/1838].
Added on June 21 2009
Short-lived cormous perennial with linear leaves and up to ten hooded, funnel-shaped, scented, salmon-pink to orange flowers, splotched yellow and lime-green, in late winter and spring. To 25cm. [RHSE, CECB, Hortus].
Added on October 25 2009
An unidentified species of Scilla or a related genus with white flowers.
Added on January 09 2010
Narcissus poeticus L. x Narcissus pseudonarcissus L. A spring-flowering daffodil with leaves to 35cm and stem to 45cm, bearing a single flower with spreading, pale yellow perianth segments, to 8cm, and deeper yellow corona, about half as long as the segments. [RHSD, Hortus, Baker Am.].
Added on May 18 2009
Treated here as a naturally occurring variety of Rhododendron calendulaceum (Michx.) Torr. Tall growing deciduous azalea with funnel-shaped red flowers with yellow spots. To 2m. [RHSD, Hortus].
Added on June 08 2009
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 - 03:47 PM
Working Bee dates for 2012.
Published Jun 29, 2010 - 02:59 PM | Last updated Jan 10, 2012 - 04:19 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 - 01:58 PM | Last updated Jan 09, 2012 - 04:31 PM
Thomas Harris, born in Worcestershire in 1885, was a gardener at Camden Park from 1913 to 1938.
Published Aug 16, 2012 - 11:09 AM | Last updated Aug 16, 2012 - 12:09 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 - 01:43 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 I and II deal with climate, site and soil.
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 01, 2010 - 03:26 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2011 - 11:16 AM
The vineyards of Camden Park are widely considered to be the first commercial vineyards in Australia. James and William Macarthur were certainly not the first to sell wine for profit or the first to export wine but were pioneers in the development of vineyards intended to produce a profit from the sale of quality wine. Prior to this wine was produced from small vineyards planted primarily for home consumption, with excess sold and sometimes exported.
The first vineyard was small, only one acre in extent, and largely experimental, but the second and third were on a much grander scale. As the closing words of this pamphlet demonstrate, James and William certainly had a vision of what was possible for Australian wine production, as they had previously for fine Merino wool.
‘Whether these Colonies can also hope to provide for the benefit of every class here at home, and at an equally moderate rate another exportable product, remains yet to be seen — so that even the tired artizan, in his hours of relaxation from toil, may not unseldom exclaim, “Go Fetch me a quart of (Australian) Sack.” ’
Published Aug 25, 2010 - 05:34 PM | Last updated Aug 25, 2010 - 05:51 PM
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.