Tag Archives: William Kent

The Golden Bough

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mistletoe would it? So this is the first of a couple of posts about this  mystical  plant and the traditions surrounding it which are, according to Richard Mabey, ” amongst Northern Europe’s last surviving remnants … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane and gardens … continued

In a recent post I looked at Pitzhanger, the country retreat of Sir John Soane.  But Soane was interested in gardens at several other levels. Firstly he designed garden buildings, publishing a series of ideas and plans for seats, temples, tea … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries 2: Chiswick House

One of the important historic gardens in the world  is at Chiswick House, Lord Burlington’s Palladian country retreat in west London.  But while the house and grounds are extremely well-known   I suspect most people still don’t know about the menagerie that was … Continue reading

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When we started planning this blog we thought what better way to start than by suggesting a winter walk through one of our great historic gardens and landscapes.  Unfortunately the weather probably stopped most of us being able to do … Continue reading

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