Travel Report: An Apprenticeship in the Earl of Derby’s Kitchen Gardens and Greenhouses at Knowsley, England

Author: 
Hans Jancke
Publisher: 
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-0-88402-389-0

Paper, 131 pp., $34.95

In past centuries, part of the professional training for gardeners of the educated middle class was travel to landscape gardens on the Grand Tour. Similarly, royal gardeners also gained further training through this system. A few outstanding gardeners had their trips financed by their employers. Hans Jancke (1850–1920) is an example of such an individual. Travel Report: An Apprenticeship in the Earl of Derby’s Kitchen Gardens and Greenhouses at Knowsley, England explores the knowledge he gained in training at Knowsley, an important stately home, and the principal seat of the Earls of Derby. He stayed there from 1874 to 1875. Jancke’s journal contains descriptions of the countryside, local climate, Knowsley Park, the kitchen garden that was separate from the other grounds, and the greenhouse, as well as future landscape plans at the site. The focus of his report was devoted to the cultivation of fruit, vegetables, and ornamental plants. His listing of his favorite plants and the methods of their cultivation is a valuable resource for those interested in creating a period garden.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
15
Number: 
6