Botanical drawings recorded the new species coming into England from all over the world.
Charles Francis Greville, the second son of the Earl of Warwick, grows a Vanilla orchid in his greenhouse.
Anne Blake has some knowledge of the dance steps, but can she fit in at a local ball?
It is the Age of Enlightenment, with discoveries pouring into the scientific societies of the time.
In 1806, Charles Francis Greville, the second son of the Earl of Warwick, cultivates a vanilla orchid to bloom in his hothouse just outside of London. Anne Blake, the seventeen year old daughter of Lord Greville’s elderly head gardener, has been sent to live with her father on Lord Greville’s manor awaiting a letter of character and a new position. THE GARDENER’S DAUGHTER is the story of how Anne, a budding artist, comes to be the one who depicts the flowering orchid at the unique, one-day event despite her age, sex, class, and troublesome curiosity. Though there is a rough beginning with mishaps and unexpected meetings, a relationship forms between Lord Greville and Anne. The nobleman is warned against involvement with the young woman by his valet, his brother, and his friend Sir Joseph Banks, the explorer and naturalist. For Anne, the reproach comes from her father and the cook. Lord Greville arranges for Anne to attend a local dance as a reward for her help, but she oversteps propriety. Lord Greville escapes to Wales avoiding any forth coming turmoil, while Anne is left with a father whose health continues to decline. The young artist’s life seems hopeless as she waits for new employment. Historical references abound in THE GARDENER’S DAUGHTER as Lord Greville is connected to King George III, as well as the top scientific minds of the time. There is a happy ending for Anne. The story is mostly prim and proper with hints of sex coinciding plant biology and love depicted as self-sacrifice.