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There are some places that you dream of visiting. You study the photos in books or on-line and you create an impression, maybe a little gilded, in your mind’s eye. For me Great Dixter is such a place.  I have longed to visit for years but just as you hesitate to watch a film of your favourite book I was nervous that it would not live up to my imaginations. As soon… Read More

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

I received my copy of Dear Christo from Timberpress to review with mixed feelings.  I discovered Christopher Lloyd just 18 months to 2 years before he died and have accumulated a number of his books which I found a breath of fresh air.  I looked forward to the biography of Christopher Lloyd by Stephen Anderton but I was a little disappointed.  The book certainly gave you a good record of Christopher’s upbringing… Read More

  In my one before last  post I moaned about this time of year and not getting a gardening fix and how I was feeling depressed.  Well I have taken quite a leap forward from that position thanks to Fergus Garrett, of Great Dixter fame.  On Monday of this week I went, with some other gardening friends, to a local horticultural society where Fergus was going to be speaking.  I hadn’t realised… Read More