The universal popularity of window gardens in the 19th century, whether large or small, simple or elaborate, illustrated the evidence of a growing taste for flowers and ornamental plants in all circles of society. A simple flower stand near the window, a hanging basket overhead, all shedding their perfume, added day by day brightness to the other genialities of the home while all through the wintry months furnished food for pleasant thoughts. In large cities, window gardens were often indicators of taste; the fine occupants of the wealthier homes were particularly interested in this mode of window ornament. It became quite the fashion to fill and arrange these indoor gardens with their own hands, utilizing jardinières of costly tile or else place them in baskets of rustic yet most artistic design. Read full story.