Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sir John Soane and gardens…

My favourite museum in the entire country is Sir John Soane’s in Lincolns Inn Fields in central London. Soane is amongst England’s greatest architects and his former home and museum, built between 1792 and 1824, is simply fabulous in the truest sense of … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries 2: Chiswick House

One of the important historic gardens in the world  is at Chiswick House, Lord Burlington’s Palladian country retreat in west London.  But while the house and grounds are extremely well-known   I suspect most people still don’t know about the menagerie that was … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs & horticultural Robinson Crusoes

What on earth is the connection between historic parks and gardens and Desert Island Discs?   Until I starting researching Mr Middleton [see my last post] I wouldn’t have thought there was one BUT Mr Middleton was castaway by Roy … Continue reading

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The first TV gardener…

  We’re all used to seeing gardening programmes on the TV these days,  hosted by an array of “celebrity” TV gardeners but I bet most of us won’t know who the first TV gardener was.  And even when I tell … Continue reading

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Wisteria….

I’ve just spent a couple of days visiting historic gardens around Cardiff, an area of the country that I did not know at all.  One of them was Dyffryn, an Italianate mansion set in a splendid Edwardian garden designed by Thomas … Continue reading

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