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Babylonstoren : Beyond the Kitchen Garden

I don’t often write more than one post on a garden. But then few gardens are quite as extraordinary as Babylonstoren. After last week’s look at  the 8 acre formal kitchen garden I’m going to look at the rest of … Continue reading

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Babylonstoren: an historic garden in the making

Back in September I was in South Africa and taken to see Babylonstoren, an impressive  “new” garden about an hour north of Cape Town. The 200-hectare estate lies at the foot of the  Simonsberg mountain range near Franschhoek in the … Continue reading

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Gibside

I wonder what George would have made of the children picnicking or playing football on his lawn?  He’d probably be more concerned that both his house and orangery lie in ruins and wonder how his wonderful estate came to such … Continue reading

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Pulham on the Prom

The early seaside promenades  I wrote about last week were artificial creations, designed to separate land and sea, and often ornamented or disguised with  gardens and other features. Later in the 19thc another form of artificiality began to make its … Continue reading

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Oh I do like to stroll along the prom prom prom…

For the last in my summery seaside related posts I thought I should move on to the next line of the famous song and think about strolling “along the prom prom prom where the brass bands play tiddily-om-pom-pom.”   And … Continue reading

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