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Josephine @ Malmaison

The story of how a 32 year widow from Martinique escaped the guillotine and then met and fell in love with the a young Corsican general during the French Revolution is the stuff of romantic novels. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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An Englishman’s Home is his Castle – or Mr Wemmick and Me

I wrote a few months about Dickens and his garden at Gad’s Hill and also about the way he uses gardens in his novels.  Today I was  just going to look at one rather quirky Dickensian character and his rather … Continue reading

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The Jardin des Plantes

I looked in the last post at the early history of Paris’s principal botanic garden, the former royal garden or the Jardin du Roi. Today’s is about what happened there between the French Revolution and today. It’s a good story … Continue reading

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The Jardin du Roi

I was supposed to be researching something serious the other day, when, as so often, I saw something much more interesting and decided to follow that lead instead. It was an image of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris that … Continue reading

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The Pagoda at Chanteloup

If I asked you to think of a pagoda in  a European garden I suspect your automatic reaction would be to think of the one at Kew. But there is another, perhaps inspired by it, in an imposing position in … Continue reading

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