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Playing Gooseberry

August traditionally marks the start of the silly season so in that spirit…..We’ve  all  heard of tulip mania in the mid-17thc and most will know about orchid-mania  and the fern fever in the mid-19th but what about a gooseberry craze? … Continue reading

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Holkham continued…

We left the story of Holkham last week in the middle of all the activity that was taking place at the end of the 18thc under the aegis of Thomas Coke, the reforming MP and agricultural improver.   He continued … Continue reading

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Scotney

I’m sure, like me, you’ve often coveted a garden that you’ve visited.  Maybe it’s a grand estate with sweeping vistas, or a  beautiful garden building that takes your eye  or perhaps   somewhere that has wonderful planting. What wouldn’t we … Continue reading

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Audley End’s Walled Kitchen Garden

Another lockdown escape last week took me to Audley End, near Saffron Walden in Essex.  Although the mansion itself is still closed because of Covid restrictions the extensive grounds which were completely redesigned  by Capability Brown in the mid 18thc, were open. … Continue reading

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Hats off to Hyde Hall

A couple of weeks ago, as the lockdown started to lift and gardens began tentatively to re-open, I was taken to Hyde Hall, the Essex garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. I’ve been several times before and have always come … Continue reading

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