Tag Archives: Tudor

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 first English books on gardening…

Happy New Year – after the frivolity of the festive season it’s time to get back to some serious stuff – but don’t  panic the gardening vicars will return to lighten the tone again next week! The English pride themselves … Continue reading

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“What God would have built if he had the money…”

“What God would have built if he had the money…” is what  George Bernard Shaw is supposed to have said on visiting William Randolph Hearst at St Donat’s Castle in South Wales.  It’s not surprising that Shaw was impressed!   St Donat’s  is a … Continue reading

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The Beasts of Bexley…

Would you expect to find a large red dragon in a garden in Bexley? Or a griffin lurking behind a hedge at a castle near Cardiff?  To say nothing of  a dolphin on a staircase in Kensington or an English leopard in a French camping site? … Continue reading

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Elephants and the royal menagerie…

After a look at mechanical elephants in our parks and gardens I thought perhaps I should look at the place of the real thing there as well.   Garden menageries have a long history: the earliest recorded in Britain from the … Continue reading

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