Il Giardino di Boboli, Florence

  The Medici of Florence were not only one of the richest families in Europe for a time, but also phenomenal garden makers. They laid out the grounds of their multitudinous palaces and villas to demonstrate power and control, making extensive use of precious water, shading trees, citrus fruits and fragrant roses. The Medici gardens […]

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Hidden Talent

I have always thought of my paternal grandfather as a practical, gentleman gardener. When I was a child he was head gardener on a country estate in Buckinghamshire, playing his part in the steady decline of a once great walled garden and its modest range of glasshouses. It was the end of an era, a […]

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An Eye for Irises

It’s a case of eat, sleep, work and repeat this week. The weekend cannot arrive soon enough. Considering what to write about tonight I realised that I had never shared the photos I’d taken at Chelsea of the ‘fleur du moment’ – bearded irises. It was not just Cayeux from France, but also Claire Austin, Kelways and […]

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Art in Waterlow Park

We are lucky enough to live close to one of North London’s most attractive parks. Waterlow Park was given to the people of London by Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1889 as a “garden for the gardenless” and has provided the people of Highgate with a green and pleasant oasis ever since. The views towards the […]

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