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Westonbirt & the Holfords

Everyone’s heard of Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the most extensive and beautiful collections of trees in the country. But how about the other gardens at Westonbirt? Perhaps not. Yet like the arboretum they were created by the same visionary, Robert Stayner … Continue reading

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Tyntesfield: the guano palace

My posts on nightsoil and guano [from July 2015,] got picked up by an article in the Guardian online – fame indeed! So here’s a postscript about the house paid for by the vast fortune made by William Gibbs, the owner of the monopoly … Continue reading

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Marks Hall

Normally I have a stack of posts waiting to be published, and if I think of a new idea it just joins the end of the queue. Today’s is an exception. I visited Marks Hall in Essex this week and … Continue reading

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Dyffryn

I’m always a bit suspicious when people use superlatives to describe something. It’s never usually quite as good as they make out. So initially that was my reaction when I started to hear/read about Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff.   Just … Continue reading

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Tiglath-Pileser I & the passion he shared with William Robinson

It’s not every day that an exotically multi-syllabled king of ancient Assyria gets mentioned in the context of Brtain’s historic parks and gardens.  But I was writing a  lecture about  early plant hunting and decided to start with evidence from antiquity when … Continue reading

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