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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

18th C. Gardeners

Famous people had their hobbies, to.  Here are some interesting facts dug up by the author of Becoming Josephine, Heather Webb:




From "Factoids" on Becoming Josephine:


An avid horticulturalist, Josephine corresponded with plant specialists, explorer-botanists, and professors from the National Museum of Natural History. Napoleon’s war ships that carried flower and plant specimens for Josephine were allowed free passage through his continental blockade. During the years Josephine inhabited Malmaison, she introduced hundreds of species to Europe from destinations as far away as Australia, Africa, the far East, and South America.


In addition to her aviary, orangery, and vast gardens, Josephine developed a free-roaming zoo of sorts including kangaroos, emus, a female orangutan, a zebra, llamas, and black swans. Most of the animals transported from distant climates did not survive more than a few years with the exception of the black swans which thrived. Josephine even had a cowherd on hand and attendants who were required to dress in Swiss costume. - See more at: http://www.heatherwebbauthor.com/becoming-josephine-factoids/#sthash.gzoQOjvv.dpuf

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