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…

Wildflowers to be seen near Paris

From the Arc de Triomphe it is less than 40 kilometers to Maule – a leafy village just beyond spitting distance of the capital.  It’s on the west side of Paris and in a wide agricultural plain made up of fields of rape, wheat and barley.  In  between there are  strands of forest and lanes…