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Kensington goes Italian

Last week I wrote the background story of the Royal Horticultural Society’s magnificent but short-lived gardens in South Kensington, and today I want to follow up with an account of the gardens themselves designed by William Andrews Nesfield. When I sat … Continue reading

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Andrew Murray & the Lost Gardens of Kensington

Who was Andrew Murray I can hear you asking and how did he lose a garden, especially one in Kensington?  Well, of course he didn’t actually personally  lose the garden, but he did record it before it was lost.  A … Continue reading

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Queen Caroline & Merlin’s Cave

In her 2010 book Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court, Lucy Worsley called Caroline  “the cleverest queen consort ever to sit on the throne of England”. Last week’s post about her Hermitage at Richmond was quite serious, dealing with religious and political controversy … Continue reading

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Queen Caroline & her Hermitage

In the 1720s and 1730s the gardens at Richmond Lodge (now part of Kew Gardens)were the “special domain” and “spiritual oasis” of a remarkable and underestimated woman who created a carefully staged landscape that was renowned throughout the country and … Continue reading

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Gardens in the sky….

From the underground delights of cemeteries and burial plots of the last couple of posts to something more uplifting and airy! One of things I like about researching anything but particularly gardens and their history is the way one can get so easily diverted by … Continue reading

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