Tag Archives: Japanese Garden

The Bloedel Reserve

Doesn’t time fly?  This time last year I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful house and its even more beautiful garden.  Despite appearances it’s not an elegant little 18thc chateau in France but  a 1930s building  on an island … Continue reading

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Anne and Osbert’s Pleasure Garden

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We all have our favourite gardening books, whether for the quality of  the illustrations, -usually the first thing one  notices when flicking through – the quality of the writing – which takes more time to appreciate or … Continue reading

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The Henley Matterhorn

You might like to know there is a lecture about Friar Park on Wednesday 3rd Feb at 6.00 with a. recording available for a week  afterwards. Booking via Eventbrite: Last week’s post gave an introduction to Friar Park at Henley, … Continue reading

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Ella and Florence Du Cane & their own gardens in Essex

Last week’s post was about Ella and Florence du Cane two adventurous aristocratic young women who, in pre-war Edwardian England, wrote and illustrated garden-related travel books.   Despite their popularity before 1914,  by 1918 the story was different. There were … Continue reading

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Two Essex Girls & the exotic: Ella & Florence Du Cane

My title is a bit unfair. The Essex Girls I’m going to talk about are not those caricatured on TOWI or in popular comedy but two aristocratic young ladies from the county who not only created gardens there but also … Continue reading

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