Monthly Archives: February 2020

The Pagoda at Chanteloup

If I asked you to think of a pagoda in  a European garden I suspect your automatic reaction would be to think of the one at Kew. But there is another, perhaps inspired by it, in an imposing position in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sylva Old and New

If you’ve heard of John Evelyn before now it’s probably because of his diaries which are one of our major sources of information about  the major events of the mid/late 17thc, and much much more besides. They gives a really … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oronsay

I don’t often write about places I haven’t been but this is an exception for a place I’d like to go to. Like most of us I get magazines and newsletters from all sorts of organisations and usually just glance … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

On the Life of a Jobbing Gardener

I was giving some lectures recently on one of my favourite horticultural characters, John Claudius Loudon, who, having already written a shelf-load of books, in 1826 founded The Gardener’s Magazine, the first real piece of regular horticultural journalism. I had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hatshepsut and Thutmosis

We tend to think of Botanic Gardens as being very much a western invention, and that the earliest ones  were founded in  northern Italy in the 16th century.  Of course it all depends what you mean by a botanic garden,  but … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment