It is a little-considered question of the modern world: how exactly are pot plants created in their pots. Modern techniques of automation have removed much of the mystery from these proceedings, as many plants today are now made of extruded vegetative product, a form of plastic noted for its complete failure to resemble actual flora in any capacity beyond the merely visual. But this is a modern development, a legacy of the twentieth century’s love affair with plastics and mass production.
Until the nineteenth century, there was an entire industry devoted to creating pot plants by hand, generating the soil, pottery and plant matter through techniques handed down from master to apprentice little-changed from the days when garden hung in Babylon. Industrialization had wrought some changes on this field, however. Plants were no longer grown from scratch, but instead split from the parks grown in the mighty orchards set aside for that purpose. Mill Park, as it became known, was originally such a park mill, grinding down the great parks grown to the east into products more easily salable to householders. But as a dependent industry, park milling rose and fell with park cultivation, and as the star of Park Orchards sank, it perforce dragged that of Park Mill down with it.
The grand old mill atop Park Mill’s sole hill would be converted into a stable house, and that stable then converted into a shopping centre, as Park Mill became Mill Park (largely thanks to a misplaced comma), and formerly agricultural land became a new suburb of the burgeoning metropolis.
Suburbs near Mill Park: