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Sneaking Round the City

Sneaking Round the City

Look at these Gardens

I  hooked up with  BrookeTurner Tours for an explore of  the gardens and green spaces of the City of London.  The historical layers were deftly  unzipped:  back ... read more

Walking staycation from

Walking staycation from

North to South Downs

Masked up and socially distanced Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral was followed by a blessing from a bearded canon on the spot that once housed Thomas A Beckett’s shrine.   The beginning of ... read more

Seasonal plant allure from

Seasonal plant allure from

Beth Chatto Gardens

Nothing can beat an outing with a new  customer to look at a garden.  It’s the best way to get their bounce-off  reaction to planting combinations and their sense of delight ... read more

Go and Sow

Go and Sow

with these 10 Top Tips

I have vowed that this is the year when I will make my garden dance.   It is a silver lining to have time and I would like to share what ... read more

Two castles: two gardens:

Two castles: two gardens:

a view or two

The double tall beeches make a tunnel along which the visitor travels on the top of a levee above the surrounding landscape.  This is  the driveway to Drummond ... read more

Exploring the best gardens in England:

Exploring the best gardens in England:

Doddington Place

I had an idea to go and volunteer labour  in gardens of whimsy and interest to soak up history,  horticultural  skills and the genius loci.    Doddington Place was my first choice.  I was welcomed  by the ... read more

Chaumont International

Chaumont International

Garden Festival v. RHS flower shows

“Have issue.  You were so adamant that you wouldn’t go to Chelsea again.  Discuss, please”. This text came through the day I was at this year’s Flower Show and looked like a   an essay question. ... read more

We are lectured by

We are lectured by

Tom Stuart Smith

Early in the month Tom Stuart Smith gave a lecture at Great Braxted in Essex and we gardening types were lured from our potting sheds. There was the usual charitable angle ... read more

Behind Walls at the

Behind Walls at the

Charterhouse

I was looking for a place called the Charterhouse. Getting in, even finding it made me feel like a Minpin trying to crack a walnut. Lurking behind a big brick wall ... read more