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Rothschild, Miriam (9 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture

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    Interviewee's home

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    Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 9: She has planted 95 different species on her lawn. One pest that has come through is brachypodium. She had to use a spray, which has not been effective. Story of Edward Salisbury using extract of coke. The lawn is laid with rubble from the house and poor soil on top, excellent for wild flowers. Soil for the kitchen garden came from Bournemouth. Story of the passion flower. In 1972 or 3 at the beginning the Royal Horticultural Society were only interested garden flowers. She had to do a lot of work to convince people, give lectures, write letters hold conferences. Then Prince Charles took it up and others followed. She discovered that she must have good garden flowers in the house, then people would buy wild flower seed. She persuaded her cousins at Exbury to plant a belt round their cornfield, great success. Not such a success at Chelsea Physic garden. Miriam Rothschild [MR] now has a craze about wild roses. They don't last long, but MR loves the different seasons. With set aside the fields could be full of wild flowers. Her "Farmers Nightmare" mix consists of 7-10 varieties.. The other mix is "Flowering Hayfield" which has 55 varieties. Clive Farrell and MR gave 1000 schools the seed. She has 75 acres for roses and 100 acres for the wild flowers. She has a herd of Pere David deer which are selective feeders. Story. They are on her best wild flower fields.

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    Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.

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