Tag Archives: kitchen garden

Ickworth

I was lecturing in  Suffolk recently and took the opportunity to call in at Ickworth, for the first time in many years. What a revelation that was. Not the grand rotunda of the house, splendid on the outside but  rather … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Another victory for Houghton

Houghton Hall in Norfolk (which I wrote about last week) hit the headlines in the arts pages earlier this year because it is playing host in a spectacular way to an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Batty’s arti-natural Principles

The wonderfully named Batty Langley was a gardener’s son who followed in his fathers footsteps and then turned surveyor, landscape gardener, artificial stone maker, would-be architect and garden designer, as well as prolific author.  Well  he had to do something … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Copped Hall revisited

The weather yesterday was wonderful so I decided to take my own advice [for a change] and went for a winter walk.  And having written recently about Copped Hall discovered that it had one its monthly open days I set … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Copped Hall

I love decay. Houses and gardens are not necessarily meant to last forever – whatever their creators might think – and every so often decisions have to be made about whether to preserve,  restore, recreate or perhaps just to allow … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment