Make an Auricula (Primula) Garden Theater

This is a great garden, so outside of the normal vision of what a ‘garden’ should be.  Apparently popular in the 1700’s, Auriculas are are so charming when framed and shelved in an Auricula Theater.   Are you crafty?  You could make this in an afternoon and dress up a garden wall, I am thinking it would be perfect in a child’s garden area.

auricula theater primula garden wall garden 1700 design

image by tpholland

I love these little plants.  They seem like little collectibles to me.  I can’t help myself to create a little eye candy collection of these flowers.

Aricula Theater inspiration1. auriculas, 2. DSC_0385, 3. DSC_0440, 4. DSC_0439, 5. Auricula Theatre, Calke Abbey, 6. The Connaught Hotel 13/03/09, 7. DSC_0441, 8. The Auricula Theater, 9. Primula, 10. Auricula quintet

My knowledge of the history of these is limited, only to know that there are references to being pupular in England in the 1700’s does anyone know a bit more about the origins of this little trend?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" on June 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Rochelle,
    What a spirit-lifting collection of plants. Your blog has been inspiring me long enough, I’m adding you to my blogroll to share the love.
    Excellent stuff!

    • rochelle on June 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

      thanks shirley! that means a lot to me! still want to chat further….need to catch my breath though…you?

  2. drea on June 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I love those flowers! They look so cartoonish. Very Alice in Wonderland!

  3. Brooleria on June 5, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Hi, Congratulations to the site owner for this marvelous work you’ve done. It has lots of useful and interesting data.

  4. Abigail on June 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Very cute, very creative! What size terracotta pots are you using? I’m wondering how big these plants are.

  5. Jennifer on June 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    It’s because the round centres of the flowers look like eyes! Dozens and dozens of cartoony little eyes smiling out at you. I love it!

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