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“Made of wire, cloth, horsehair, and dusted with copious amounts of flour, the pouf provided the perfect substructure for a model landscape. Marie Antoinette herself wore a wig that depicted ‘a whole jardin anglais,’ while English women decorated theirs with festoons of silky blossoms, miniature groves and flowerbeds complete with figurines of gardeners. ‘Eleven damsels,’ one onlooker observed at a dinner-party, ‘had among them, on their heads, an acre and a half of shrubbery, besides slopes, grass plats, tulip beds, clumps of peonies, kitchen gardens, and green houses.'”

~ Andrea Wulf, The Brother Gardeners

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