Shapes and textures matter to Beth Chatto

The gravel garden at Beth Chatto is inspired by a wadi or dry river bed.  I know this because Dan Pearson told us last week at Essex University where he delivered a lecture for the Beth Chatto Education Trust.  The reference is clearly drawn with  banks and eddies of planting, separated by a wide gravel…

Beth Chatto and choosing the right plant

There is a terrible drawback to gardening called impulse buying.  I only have to walk through a garden centre on a birdseed buying mission, to  find hands have wandered off on auto pilot and gathered up pots or bulbs. For our garden, this is strictly not allowed as we are still in the garden-making stage…

Taxonomy phenomeny

Woe betide failing to keep those plant names under control.    In order to remember the name of that lovely purchase you can stick the label in along with the plant.  The most tasteful labels seem to get ripped off by the wind or weathered by rain to smudged-out blankery.  Many nurseries give out the…

Celebrity pin up

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