A new book about the historic plant nursery that operated in Perth from the 18th century has been published by Tippermuir Books. Written and researched by two Beautiful Perth volunteers, Elspeth Bruce and Pat Kerr, the book describes how the nursery was establised on the banks of the Tay in 1767 by James Dickson, whose notable clients included the then Duke of York, who purchased trees for Windsor Great Park. The nursery went on to become a premier source of plants in the UK in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was one of the first commercial rose breeders in the world, and an early distributor of the Swedish turnip, now a very familiar staple of the Scottish diet. This fascinating, illustrated book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Perth or of horticulture. 'The Perth Nursery & Beyond' is now on sale in selected local garden centres, on Amazon or direct from the Tippermuir Books website
Picture: an aerial view of Perth, with the site of the historic nursery (now Riverside Park) on the right bank of the Tay.
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