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Babylonstoren: an historic garden in the making

I’ve had a several messages saying the original post didn’t work properly so am reposting. Apologies to those of you who’ve already read it. Back in September I was in South Africa and taken to see Babylonstoren, an impressive  “new” garden about … Continue reading

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Babylonstoren: an historic garden in the making

I’ve had a lot of messages saying the original post didn’t work properly so am reposting. Apologies to those of you who’ve already read it. Back in September I was in South Africa and taken to see Babylonstoren, an impressive  “new” garden … Continue reading

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Painting the Gardens of History with Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

What’s in a name? Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale sounds like an escapee from a Victorian 3-volume bodice-ripper or maybe the wicked governess in a  1920s girls comic – well that’s what I thought when I first saw her name.  That will … Continue reading

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The Turf Maze

Way back in  April 2021  I wrote a piece about the  Elizabethan painting below, which as you can see from the detail, has a maze in the background.   It struck me as an unusual things to put into a … Continue reading

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Cutting Edge Technology

There can’t be many garden tools that have caused hundreds of people to demonstrate in the streets against their  introduction. But that’s precisely what happened in 1840 when a committee decided to test a new device against traditional methods and … Continue reading

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