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Orchids, Ferns, Fossils and the Great Flood

We often hear that grand gardens cost money: it’s as true as the old cliché which says “money talks.” But there is a world of difference between a grand garden and a great one.  Great gardens develop when that money meets … Continue reading

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Ready to go Miss?

Today’s post is about the result of a conversation in the very late 19thc between Miss J.S. Turner “a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and a well-known trainer and lecturer in horticulture” and Mrs Evelyn Cecil, who is probably … Continue reading

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The View from Room 35….

Last week’s post about finding a display of Barbie dolls in  an historic Spanish garden was a good indication of how varied garden history can be, and today’s is another. In fact today’s is hardly about gardens at all in … Continue reading

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Barbie at the Botanics…

After last week’s rather serious post about emblematic gardens perhaps its time for something lighter so here’s the story of the surprise  I had last Thursday afternoon. I’m still not quite sure if it was one that caused more amusement … Continue reading

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William Style and his garden…

I used to think early 17thc portraits were rather dull and dreary, and in galleries would  generally walk past them rather fast. They had neither the austere simplicity of many early Tudor portraits, nor the flamboyant excesses of Stuart ones. … Continue reading

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