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Urban Forest Tue Nov 07 2017 13:40:48 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The exhibit that really caught my eye at this year's RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was "The Charleston Garden" (above) - one of three very different 'potted' landscapes exhibiting under the Great Gardens of the USA banner. Wonderful planting, a fount
Which is the best Royal Park for garden-loving visitors? The more I think about London’s Royal Parks, the better I like them. So I can’t give a favourite. But if a gardening friend was coming to London and said ‘I&#8
Torrential rain and low-lying cloud makes for an interesting visit to Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire
Wrest Park is not as well-visited as it deserves. The garden was restored in 2011 and, faced with the question ‘when should it be restored to?’, English Heritage took the sensible decision to restore separate parts of the garden t
Tbilisi, Georgia - an amazing cityLiving wall in TbilisiBridge of Peace, Tbilisi Street art - it's everywhere in TbilisiVery few words today, just pictures as I've returned from Tbilisi in Georgia and am sorting through my photographs for a
Stockwood Park in Bedfordshirehas an interesting collection of period gardens in various styles. I like them but would like them even more if the the designers had been more careful in making use of known information about historic styles of garden d
En route to Glasgow - over the clouds, somewhere in the Lake DistrictThe Pineapple - an extraordinary architectural feat, on the way to EdinburghPitmuies - a captivating garden on the way to AberdeenEdzell Castle - a ruin with attitude, helped by the
Congratulations to Woburn Abbey Garden for its on-going programme for the ‘restoration’ of the garden designed by Humphry Repton 1802-5. Repton is by far the most important landscape and garden theorist of the nineteenth century a
Charles Jenck's Garden of Cosmic Speculation - the Holy Grail of Scottish gardens - is open to the public for just one day this year - next Sunday, 30 April - as part of the open scheme arranged by Scotland's Gardens. I've been luck
Sigiriya has an exceptionally interesting garden. Though often described as a ‘palace garden’ its character is much more likely to derive from the time when it was a Buddhist monastery. What looks at first sight like a ‘
Geoff Stonebanks' garden is definitely one for the "Wishlist" this summer - Driftwood is a tiny plot in Seaford, East Sussex, filled with innovative ideas and perfect planting. It opens from 1 June for groups, by arrangement and on designated days fo
Kathy Brown writes on cooking and has made a garden which is as much appreciated for its beauty as for its cakes. Kathy is the author of a book onThe Edible Flower Garden. I wish more people used their gardens to grow food, as well as for delight. Th
Great Dixter in East Sussex is always worth a visit - it's a jewel garden filled with colour throughout the seasonSpring is sprung and gardens around the garden are awash with colour. There's always an incredible display of tulips at Great Dixter at
Damien Hirst is the lord of Toddington Manor. The old manor house was drawn by Kip in the eighteenth century and rebuilt as a gothic revival mansion in the nineteenth century. Hirst uses the manor for his art collection and I hope he is making a YBA
Well worth a walkabout, especially in springtime - Wakehurst Place in Sussex - where you'll find ideas for your own garden: trees and plants to marvel at; the Millennium Seedbank (worth a visit on a rainy day); and wonderful walks throughout the year
Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods episode on water does not mention gardens, but it could have done! MacGregor starts by talking about water in Christianity and Islam before devoting most of the programme to India.What little is known a
In search of wildflowers in Mallorca, but just a little distracted by all the colours here! 
Beliefs have always influenced garden design styles, just as they influence contemporary gardens. And just as they will surely influence future gardens. I do not havea religion but I do believe in beliefs and in their importance fordesigners. Neil Ma
High Beeches Gardens in West Sussex is a remarkable woodland gardenWe're all getting ready for Mother's Day - buying flowers, arranging lunch or an outing, but why not take your mother somewhere really special this Sunday? Choose a garden, walk aroun
With regard to garden design, I’m a great believer in the importance of beliefs – and used the word in the titles abook on the history of Asian gardens. Neil MacGregor’s Radio 4 series on Living with the Gods is therefor
It doesn't matter how far off the beaten track you are, you'll still find a mobile phone!
The Baroque style avenues ofsweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) in Greenwich Park are believed to have been planted 1660-1. So they may have been 356 years old when these video clips were taken on 28th October 2017. Greenwich was imparked in the fiftee
Evening view from the veranda at Amaryllis, looking down into the valley belowIf you're in search of the "Garden of Eden", look no further than Kerala, in the hills near Wayanad, where you'll find Amaryllis Homestay - another peaceful haven away from
Remembering visits to the Peto garden always gives me a good feeling. I love its peacefulness, its seclusion and its period redolence. Private garden tour to Iford ManorOh to be at Iford Manor! Remembering visits to the Peto garden always gives me a
Munnar, one of Keralas most popular hill stations, is located high in the Western Ghats of southern India. It is home to tea, coffee and cardamom plantations; making for luxurious landscapes; verdant vistas; and, if you find the right place to stay,
I proposed 7 garden restoration projects in 1986,and reported on what had happened in 1998: The Preface to the 1986 printed edition of this book made ‘ a personal plea for some restoration projects which would be of special historical value
A wonderful sojourn at the Mantra Veppathur, with its striking greenery, beautiful clean and simple rooms and gentle, helpful staff. Another magical property to add to your wishlist when in Southern India.
< Humphry Repton’s influenced landscape and garden design outside as well as inside the UK. I see his books as England’s most important contribution to the theory of garden design and landscape architecture. They were lavi
Weather is here, wish you were wonderful! Pondicherry is a charming city, overlooking the Bay of Bengal and I'm staying at a guesthouse called Coloniale Heritage. It's tiny garden is filled with tropical plants, small statues and masks. Definitely on
Itis beautiful and secluded. But the Wallenstein Garden in the Czech Republicwas made bya cold, egotistical and autocratic man. In his playsabout General Wallenstein, Friedrich Schillerwrote that Life is earnest, art is gay. Posterity weaves no garla
If you've seen the movie "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", imagine the excitement of visiting the location where it was filmed in Rajasthan. It's just a stone's throw from the tourist hub of Udaipur, known as the Lake City, and often referred to as "The
Wanstead Park used to be one of the greatest late-Baroque gardens in England. It survives with half the land used as a golf course and the other hand cared for by the City Corporation, which merits its great reputation as a benevolent land owner and
Stourhead Landscape Garden has a good claim to being ‘England’s greatest landscape garden’. Though changed, as all gardens must change, it retains much of its eighteenth century character. Tour operators are right to mak
The Guardian has just reprinted a 1964 article on lawns by Moira Savonius, who also wrote books on fungi and on flowers. She sees lawns as a ‘cult’. My impression is that grass cutting has declined in public parks and stately home
I wonder why the Highline in New York City has become much more famous than its older predecessor, the Promenade Plantee in Paris. I don’t think it’s a consequence of the design, the location or the scenic quality. Could the expla
Still desperate for a garden tour in 2017? I recommend the Italian Lakes. Villa Del Balbianello is on a wooded peninsula projecting into Lake Como. It was built in 1787, on the site of a Fransiscan monastery, by Cardinal Angelo Durini. Steps lead fro