Monthly Archives: November 2019

“An easy first in his profession”

If you’re someone who reads this blog regularly then you can probably name many of Britain’s great garden designers, but who is/was the most prolific?  Was it Capability Brown with more than 200 major projects? Gertrude Jekyll who is now … Continue reading

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THE Concise British Flora….

In the early 1960s a shy Devon clergyman  was persuaded to send in some of his drawings and watercolours of British wild flowers to a publisher.  They agreed to publish but could hardly have been expecting the public response to … Continue reading

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Piranesi and the Gardens of Rome

Italy has always been famous for its classical monuments and, since the Renaissance,  for its gardens too.  Both attracted tourists in growing numbers, particularly as the Grand Tour became an essential part of the education of almost every young northern … Continue reading

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Spheres of Influence…

There is a long history of philanthropic and/or paternalistic  industrialists  providing recreational and garden space for their employers. We’ve all heard of Bourneville, Port Sunlight and Saltaire, while Helena Chance’s recent book  ‘The Factory in a Garden’.  (2017) gives a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Prior Wibert’s Waterworks

One subject that always seems to raise a lot of interest on the courses I run about the history of gardens is the mediaeval garden.  Although most of us will have a vague picture of what we think they were … Continue reading

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