Correspondence and papers of E.A. Bowles mainly relating to publication of his articles and illustrations in the garden press

Scope and Content


Articles by Bowles in ‘The Garden’, 1912-1921, and ‘Gardening Illustrated’, 1917

Press cuttings, 1902-1917

Correspondence mainly relating to publication of Bowles’ articles, 1909-1950, including from Gertrude Jekyll (see details of content of Jekyll's letter below), 1918, and William Robinson, undated. One postcard from William Robinson, dated 14 Feb, no year, includes the message, ‘Please stop them inserting your ‘picture’ every time: it is a vulgar Yankee practice and stereotyped’. For a comprehensive list of letters in this folder, see EAB/appendix/5.1.2

Plates of illustrations by Bowles, 1916 and undated, and of a photographic portrait of him, undated

Original pencil drawing of Chamearops fortunei drawn at Bitton, 1901

Photograph of flower border, c.1918, with plate of the same. For an item level description of the photograph, see EAB/5/1/2/photo1

Item level description of the letter in this folder from Gertrude Jekyll to Bowles, 8 Dec 1918: Jekyll thanks him for the data he sent for the ‘few words’ to accompany the dedications; she hopes she will acquit herself decently and believes the simpler they are, the better; she wishes they were neighbours and is sure Bowles would visit occasionally to enlighten her ignorance; she reads his books and ‘The Garden’ and would like to discuss things he writes; she cannot offer ‘a kind visitor a bed’ as she is so impoverished by the war that her house is under dust sheets, ‘a happy and devoted little household dispersed’, and she lives in a corner with one servant