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Catalogues and manuals


Kelways issued their most impressive catalogues, called Manuals of horticulture, between the 1890s and the outbreak of the First World War.  These were like modern-day gardening encyclopedias, full of horticultural advice, articles from gardening publications, photographs, and of course their seeds and plants.  They were lavishly illustrated, and took advantage of the emerging science of photography as much as they could.

Some of the most attractive catalogue covers:

1893 Catalogue     1895 Catalogue          1909 Catalogue


For more information please contact our Official Historian, Janet Seaton.