Category Archives: Garden visits

The Great Broad Walk Borders, Kew Gardens, London, UK

It is just breathtaking to stand at the beginning of a wide path and look as far as the eye can see, and beyond, at 320 metres of herbaceous border – a Great Broad Walk indeed. It was a bold … Continue reading

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Rousham

I visited Rousham House garden (Charles Bridgeman 1725/William Kent 1737 to 1741) in the Spring sunshine on Sunday – so unspoiled and yet beautifully maintained. Horace Walpole described it as the ‘most engaging of all Kent’s works. It is Kentissimo’ … Continue reading

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Borders, and a shed for the Autumn

I’ve just come back from Yorkshire – the South Pennines, Brontë country – a wonderful landscape of moors and hills studded with stone-built towns and villages and mills- some abandoned, some still in use adapted to modern industry, converted to … Continue reading

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A garden by the sea

If seaside gardening is meant to be difficult, and limit the choice of plants, Gertrude Jekyll didn’t know. You can hardly get more ‘seaside’ than Lindisfarne, the Holy Island of Northumbria, for most of the day there is sea nearby … Continue reading

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Hortus conclusus, The Serpentine Pavillion 2011

Sitting here on a wild October day, watching 40 mph gusts of wind blow through the birches round my garden, it is lovely to remember the shelter and intimacy of Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavillion – a Hortus conclusus of … Continue reading

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Gardens of the Real Alcazar, part 2

The ‘historic’ gardens of the Real Alacazar, which I wrote about in first part of this blog are all to do with close integration of indoor and outdoor space in Moorish/Mudejar design. Close to the palace there is a wall … Continue reading

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Paradise indeed – The Gardens of the Real Alcazar, Seville, part 1

If you want to understand the long-term influence of the Islamic garden on European garden styles, a visit to the Real Alcazar of Seville will give you both a master class in design history and a walk-through lesson that will … Continue reading

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