rare sur­vivor

Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

Tre­goth­nan is home to a rare War­dian case. This is a mini green­house that was in­vented in the 1830s by Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward to pro­tect tea plants and ex­otic species on their jour­neys around the world. “It is the old­est sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple,” says Jonathon. Ad­dressed to the cur­rent owner’s great-great-great-grand­mother, Vis­count­ess Fal­mouth, it had been hid­den away since 1850. Jonathon found it in a shed on the es­tate in 1999. “One of the gar­den­ers asked me if I’d seen the rab­bit hutch. I could not be­lieve my eyes. I said: ‘I don’t think that’s a rab­bit hutch; it’s a War­dian case’.”

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