The complete Bowles


I apologise for repeating some of these images but since February has been all about getting the images sorted for the talk I did last weekend I thought I would end the month with a montage of photos of E A Bowles. I cannot convey the importance, to me,  of my time restoring his garden at Bulls Cross, Enfield and it should not be taken for granted what he did for horticulture in the first half of the 20th Century. He was the epitome of the gentleman amateur gardener and was great friends with many of the most important gardeners of the time, including Reginald Farrer and Ellen Willmott. When I have access to my books again I will add one more post on this subject, but for now here is a random selection of images, some rarely seen, of the life and times of E A Bowles.

See if you can spot him in these:

centre bottom

centre bottom


centre middle

centre middle


second from right (not counting donkey)

second from right (not counting donkey)


right, with his gardener

right, with his gardener



top left

top left


towards left, top row

centre left, top row

And others at various ages








I wonder where David Bowie got the idea?

I wonder where David Bowie got the idea?


Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad

I hope these give an insight into the character of this remarkable man, known most famously for his knowledge of gardening. But he must have been fun to know too.





2 Comments on “The complete Bowles”

  1. Kathy Larson
    March 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Yes,he would have been a rare friend.His voice comes through in his books,we are lucky he wrote them.

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