Victorian House Plants and Vines. 1860s Victorian House: CONSERVATORY.

19th century floral illustration.

1860s: Herbals & Indoor Gardening
"We have been into rooms which, by the simple disposition of articles of [the following] kind, have been made to have an air so poetical and attractive that they seemed more like a nymph's cave than any thing in the real world.
Take an old tin pan condemned to the retired list by reason of holes in the bottom, get twenty-five cents' worth of green paint for this and other purposes, and paint it. The holes in the bottom are a recommendation for its new service. If there are no holes, you must drill two ot three, as drainage is essential. Now put a layer one inch deep of broken charcoal and potshersd over the bottom, and then soil, in the following proportions:
Two fourths wood-soil, such as you find in forests, under trees.
One fourth clean sand.
One fourth meadow-soil, taken from under fresh turf. Mix with this some charcoal dust.
In this soil plant all sorts of ferns, together with some few swamp-grasses; and around the edge put a border of money-plant or periwinkle to hang over. This will need to be watered once or twice a week, and it will grow and thrive all summer long in a corner of your house.

Victorian Garden Terrarium....a fragment of the green woods brought in and silently growing; it will refresh many a weary hour to watch it."
...text and pictures, top left, and left, from The American Woman's Home, Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1869.

  • More 19th-century eBooks...

  • More Historic House Plans...

  • Victorian house decorating. herbal room. children's room. dining. home page. John Calvin Stevens house redesign. porch. library. house exterior. bedroom. historic kitchen. music room. living room. staris. office.

    Historic House Plan Books | Victorian Life | Historic eBooks
    Home. | Terms of Agreement | Privacy Policy