It's Springtime! This month the Kidsverse crew talk to Stuart. He's a professional gardener, scientist, and teacher. Stuart's business, The Garden Doctor, is a Melbourne based gardening expert and science communicator service who helps with workshops and 1:1 gardening advice. What got him interested in gardening? What’s the difference between permaculture and horticulture? Stuart talks about animals he's discovered when he has been landscaping gardens and what is a good way for kids to get interested in gardening.
In the 18th century, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was a landscape architect and responsible for using a more ‘natural’ style of garden with clumps of trees, winding man-made lakes, and woods in the United Kingdom. He copied nature so well that his work is often mistaken for a natural landscape. He created a “ha-ha” fence to keep animals away (the animals couldn’t get over the sunken fence and it didn’t ruin the view). He also built a machine that was able to move huge trees horizontally - before that they used to be dug up and carried vertically and it was really expensive and difficult.
National Trust (England). (2020). How to spot a Capability Brown landscape. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-spot-a-capability-brown-landscape
The University of Melbourne. (September 8, 2016). The eminently capable Mr Brown: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and his magnificent tree moving machine. https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2016/09/08/the-eminently-capable-mr-brown-lancelot-capability-brown-and-his-magnificent-tree-moving-machine/