10 Italian Gardens not to miss

Italy again – the copy below first appeared in IntoGardens, the on-line gardening app.  It gives a quick overview of 10 gardens in Italy that I love. Five are very old and five are from the 20th century. Villa d’Este a Tivoli, Lazio: Ippolito (Hercules to you and me) d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia and…

Ignore this organ

at the gardens of the Villa d’Este at Tivoli, outside Rome.  This water-powered organ broke down in 1561.  At last it has been mended and doors open to a tune blasted out at 10.30 precisely.  The crowds gather to stare in amazement at a show that, for the 3D generation, underwhelms.  Once the doors have…

What isisisisis a Garden?

So What ISISISIS A Garden? Aldeburgh town, in the Empty Quarter of Suffolk,  and on threat  of being sucked into the waters of the North Sea,  is no everyday  resort.  Pole down the road across the marshes, past the flagged-up golf club and the brown mass of the sea drapes itself  in front of you….

The best water features in Europe

or even the world are to be found in the hills near Rome.  For inspiration and ideas there are three gardens with which to cram a life-time of sketches and ideas.   Particularly if you could step back in time and help yourself to the purse of a Cardinal. My three favourites are these:  Diana…