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Georgian Jubilation

“England’s public parks and gardens have played a central role in the celebration and the commemoration of royal jubilees for more than two hundred years. The roll call of jubilee gardens, coronation parks, queen’s parks and parks named after princes … Continue reading

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Pingle-Wingle, Lazy Maisie and Granny-jumps-out-of-bed

What on earth is this post about?  This is after all a blog about gardens, designed landscapes and sometimes plants and their history. If you’re from a rural background and of the right age to remember children’s country games you … Continue reading

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The Origins of Garden Gnomes

Just a few questions as the introduction for today’s post. What do you know about gnomes?   How are they different to dwarves?  Elves? Goblins? Pixies? Leprechauns, Boggarts? Or any of the other small folk who live in our imagination … Continue reading

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The Garden at Lion Rock

Where is the oldest extant garden complex in the world?  To be honest I don’t know – let me know if you do – but today’s  post is about what must be one of the contenders for that title.   … 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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