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There is nothing I enjoy more than a bit of history and when it’s coupled with horticulture I am a very happy person.  So I was thrilled to be offered a review copy of British Gardens in Time; the book which accompanies the new BBC series. The book, and television series, showcase four well-known British gardens with each representing a key stage in the progression of British horticultural design.  As a bonus… Read More

Yesterday I finally visited Anne and Charles’s garden – Veddw.  I say finally as I have wanted to visit for a while but have been a little intimidated by Anne’s approach to how people view gardens and especially the glossy magazine articles on gardens where everything is ‘lovely’. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I visited the garden.  I had seen some photographs but nothing prepared me for entering from… Read More

I have the luxury of being able to visit the Garden House in Devon twice a year at the moment.  My youngest son is at University in Plymouth and the garden is no more than 30 minutes up the road from his student house on the edge of Dartmoor.  We have taken to visiting when I pick him up or take him back.  So far we have visited in April and September… Read More

Digging up my back lawn has been completely liberating – more liberating than I could possibly imagine.  No longer do I have the tedium of trying to mow a sloping lawn but what I hadn’t really anticipated was how the dynamics of the garden have completely changed. Looking back its as though the garden hadn’t really come into its own, the lawn was holding it back like a parent trying to stop… Read More

I have decided to take part in Garden Walk Garden Talk’s fortnightly meme ‘Word for Wednesday’ as I think the intellectual challenge will get my brain working, especially as winter draws in as there isn’t so much to blog about.  This fortnight’s word is Evolve or Evolution.  I have pondered about this for several days.  I can’t write about the evolution of plants as this is such a huge subject; maybe I… Read More

Contemporary Colour in the Garden by Andrew Wilson is not the sort of ‘gardening’ book I would normally rush out to buy.  I tend to shy away from design based horticulture books since I do not have a design background and if I am honest I would have said it was not something that interested me, I’m more of a  plants person. However, I have found this book fascinating although a little… Read More

Yesterday I went to the Gardeners World Show in Birmingham.  This isn’t an event I have been to before and to be honest it wasn’t really my cup of tea but there was one element which I really liked and wanted to share with you. The show has a ‘competition’ for enthusiastic gardeners and horticultural students who want to have a go at designing and planting a horticultural display which will be… Read More

Sitting here on a bleak December day I have been contemplating lots of changes to the garden next year and have found myself  looking back at gardens I have visited this year for inspiration.  I have realised that when I visit gardens my interest is really drawn to particular plants rather than the planting overall.  I suspect this is because I am more of a plant person than a garden designer.  However,  my… Read More