Monthly Archives: November 2016

William Sawrey Gilpin

My trip to Westonbirt last month introduced me to the theories of the early 19thc landscape designer William Sawrey Gilpin, who I’d heard of, but who had never really figured on my garden history radar. Gilpin had a career as an … Continue reading

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Achille Duchêne @ Blenheim

A drizzly overcast day in mid-November might not be the ideal time to see the gardens at Blenheim but I was taking advantage of an offer of free entry to the gardens and park via my RHS membership, so a drizzly … Continue reading

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Gardens on the Wall part 1: John Baptist Jackson

There are several ways of gardening indoors and several of gardening on walls but this post is about a way of doing both at once: wallpaper. Wallpaper has long used floral motifs. We’re all familiar with flowery wallpaper – some good, some … Continue reading

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Westonbirt & the Holfords

Everyone’s heard of Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the most extensive and beautiful collections of trees in the country. But how about the other gardens at Westonbirt? Perhaps not. Yet like the arboretum they were created by the same visionary, Robert Stayner … Continue reading

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