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Edgeworth Garden

walledgarden8small.jpgAt Edgeworthstown in 1782 the Edgeworths found a formal garden that had '... been originally laid out in humble imitation, on a small scale, of the frontispiece to Millar's [sic] Gardener's Dictionary, in the original Dutch taste'.4 Richard Lovell Edgeworth set about replanting this as a landscape garden, with trees '... planted in side scenes'. One of the people who gave Maria plants was John Foster of Collon, an old school-friend of her father. He was a leading member of the (Royal) Dublin Society and played a signal role in the founding of that society's botanical garden at Glasnevin, near Dublin. In I827, a Philadelphia nurserywoman sent seeds of forty different plants - herbs, shrubs and trees - including Convolvuluas and tiger lilies. Roses were among Maria Edgeworth's favourite plants. Some came from an American correspondent, Professor Jackson, in 1846. Other roses came from Irish sources; damask roses, 'everblowing' roses, 'Maiden's Blush', a 'Giant rose, otherwise called a Swiss rose', the yellow Scotch rose, 'Knight's new dark red everblowing', pompom roses, a blush burnet rose, and the 'Rose des quatre saisons called by the common people the Quarter Session Rose.' Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, Maria's brother, began to send seeds from India to Ireland. In a letter to India, dated Io September I833, Maria reported that ... Mr Mackay is very grateful for the seeds which you sent my mother and she judiciously sent him - He is now delighting himself with a tour of the north of Ireland & Scotland & he wrote me word that last week he found near Sligo some rare Alpine plants on a mountain called Ben Bulben'.The flowering shrub Buddleia was first grown in Edgeworthstown and a genus of flower Edgeworthia is named after Michael Pakenham Edgeworth.