Thomas Rivers – The Orchard House

Some of you may have seen Chris Beardshaw talk about Thomas Rivers and his recommended way of cultivating peach trees in pots on Beechgrove Garden this week. Well, I did a bit of scouring on the internet and found a free download, a scan of the original ‘The Orchard; The Cultivation of Fruit Trees in Pots Under Glass’.

Here is the link to the document: (You can download the format you want at the bottom of the page).

Thomas Rivers was instrumental in the breeding of fruit varieties in England during the Victorian walled garden boom. Rivers’ original nursery fell into disrepair but is being lovingly brought back to life. Another visit to add to my growing list. More information on the nursery in Hertfordshire can be found here: