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Are there Fairies at the Bottom of Your Garden?

I thought we should start off the year with something to make us smile and I recalled a line from Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy : “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having … Continue reading

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Robinson Treehouses

This post started out as another “serious” look at the history of treehouses but has ended up a bit more off-beat than usual , somehow managing to include mentions of a well-known children’s book, a Disney film, donkeys,  bars in … Continue reading

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Cottage Gardens – Cabbages and Chocolate boxes

I wrote a couple of weeks back about the origin of the cottage garden,  and today I want to take the story forward and look at how by the middle of Queen Victoria’s  reign  rural cottages and their gardens had … Continue reading

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Alice in Gardenland

I started this post a while back following a a visit to Christ Church for the Gardens Trust conference in Oxford in September 2019.  The visit had special significance for the Gardens Trust because Christ Church was once home to … Continue reading

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The adventures of Maria Graham

As most people know the role of women in  garden history – ok all history – has been under-recorded and severely underrated.  But things are changing. In particular women’s  place  in the study and collection of plants in the late … Continue reading

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