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Chambord and its new 18thc garden

Chambord is one of the greatest chateaux in France with 426 rooms, 83 staircases, and 282 fireplaces – but apart from a few years in the 18thc – no real garden. It was built  as a hunting lodge in the early … Continue reading

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The Ryder Cup for Gardening

Pre-Covid I was looking for material for a post on Winifred Walker, the botanical artist and discovered that one of the companies who commissioned her flower paintings was Ryders of St Albans.  That name sounded familiar but  didn’t ring any … Continue reading

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Anne’s Grand Tour

We’re all familiar with the idea of the Grand Tour, where young elite men were sent to finish their education touring the great classical and Renaissance sites of Italy. This had been going on since the mid-17thc but the Napoleonic … Continue reading

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John Glover & his “hideous fidelity to Nature”

WELCOME TO OUR 400th POST! This is an artist’s painting of his own house and garden. Any idea of where it might be? The artist was John Glover who was born near Leicester in 1767 but, despite the very English … Continue reading

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The Gardener’s Year

“There are a number of ways of laying out a garden. The best is by taking on a gardener.” So opens a delightful book on gardens by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. Published in Prague in 1929 with  illustrations by … Continue reading

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