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Lyveden

We all know that houses and gardens are the product of their creators, sometimes almost inextricably so. But we also know that houses get altered, rebuilt or even demolished from time to time while gardens are even more ephemeral and … Continue reading

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The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh?

Last week’s post looked at the evidence for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and ended with archaeologists excavating Babylon in the late 19th/early 20thc  unable to find any real sign of them. Today’s is going to continue the story and … Continue reading

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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

HAPPY NEW YEAR! History is always changing.  The kind of history I did at school, kings and queens, great battles and the stories of great men [and occasionally women] has given way to a much more broadly based picture of … Continue reading

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Growing a 4 Legged Giant

As gardeners we all know that woody plants are very adaptable.  Think  of topiary or cloud pruning, of pleaching or hedging where with a little bit of effort we can manipulate trees and shrubs into doing what we want, using … Continue reading

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Piranesi and the Gardens of Rome

Italy has always been famous for its classical monuments and, since the Renaissance,  for its gardens too.  Both attracted tourists in growing numbers, particularly as the Grand Tour became an essential part of the education of almost every young northern … Continue reading

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