Who are the John Tradescants?

At the far end of our gardens, past the formal Sunken Garden, sits the Tradescant Garden. Here, our horticulturalists have planted a variety of plant life, using garden inventories of the John Tradescants as a guide when choosing the plant material. The fascinating specimens include the dragon plant (dracunculus vulgaris), a plant that is quite odoriferous when it blooms in early summer, the crown imperial (fritillaria imperialis) which blooms with a ‘crown’ of orange or yellow blooms, and the Turk’s-cap lily (lilium martagon), a lily with multiple blooms on each stem. These plants, unknown in early seventeenth century England, were introduced to or propagated in England by the John Tradesca

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