Oral history of British science
Rothschild, Miriam (5 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture
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Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 5: Natty built Ashton for Charles (MRs father) and put in the terraces and walled garden. Everything else was down to Charles. He loved aquatic plants and the fens. The central pool was far too conventional for Miriam Rothschild [MR]. Description of parts of garden. Mother used the herbaceous border like a canvas. Description of kitchen garden and greenhouses. Mother's skill was in choosing plants to go together. She never touched an implement except for pruning. Went to shows and ordered from catalogues. She loved bedding plants which MR doesn't, and had mauve violas round every bed. There was another greenhouse for the cactus collection, and MR had a small portable glasshouse for her own cacti. Houses for grapes and figs and flowers. Description of father's iris collection They made a lake with wild flowers. The greatest treasure on the estate was the blue water lilies from Lake Victoria, they were the largest and most beautiful ever seen. Description of how they were fed and raised. Story of MRs head gardener, Stanton, taking them to Chelsea.
Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.