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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

“Garden of the Year” is a strange award, and one that for me has led to disappointment and even bafflement. So I am delighted today to have a guest post … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dan Kiley: genius distilled

Regular readers will know of my great admiration for the American landscape designer Dan Kiley (1912-2004). I came across an unusual, unrealised garden plan of his, while conducting research for … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Stourhead: the wrong kind of history?

Stourhead is one of the finest examples of an English landscape garden. Inspired by politics, travel, literature and painting, the eighteenth century English landscape movement introduced a radical new style of naturalistic garden … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Grands Moulins revisited

Three years ago I wrote rather disparagingly about the jardins des Grands Moulins – Abbé Pierre, in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. It is a new, self-proclaimed sustainable park, and I wondered … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Preserving Seaton Delaval Hall

There are a plethora of possible treatments available for historic properties. Experts talk about preservation, conservation, safeguarding, protection, restoration, adaptive re-use, repair, stabilisation, maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction. It can seem baffling. … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

West Green House

Redoubtable is a word that easily comes to mind when seeking to describe Marylyn Abbott. In her native Australia, she was for many years marketing manager for the Sydney Opera House … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

Snotty gogs and tithe maps: the garden at Veddw

Veddw is a modern garden, laid out among the gentle hills of the Welsh borders. It has an unusual genesis: not a plantswoman’s garden, not a gardener’s garden. Instead, its … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 8 Comments

Juxtaposition

Before on this blog I have written about the mysterious French designer Elie Lainé, and about the placing of modern artworks in historic gardens. So I was delighted to see … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Worth a thousand denials?

Ronald Reagan (I think) said that one picture was worth a thousand denials. Although digital photography has rather blurred the issue of course since Reagan’s day, we still have that … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Historic restoration as mille-feuille

It may be the only time that historic garden conservation has been compared to a flaky French pastry. But use of the term mille-feuille was not the only unusual thing … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

A million first steps

As you might expect, the British Library has an extraordinary wealth of archive material, including much that is essential study for the serious landscape historian. Its strap line, with some … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

Edens beyond the razor wire

The Royal Horticultural Society’s monthly members’ journal The Garden is a predictable mix of plant profiles, gardening tips and lists of UK gardens to visit. It is glossy and pleasant … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Book review: A World of Gardens

Landscape history is a fast-growing academic field (excuse the pun), with new university courses being set up and increasing numbers of conferences arranged and books published. But there are still … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Field Trip

Posts from landscapelover now feature on Google’s new app Field Trip. This seems to me a nifty concept that allows information about local places to pop up on your phone … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Plant Hunting in Kashmir

I am delighted this month to have co-authored an article in Soiled and Seeded, a splendid on-line garden magazine that aims to provide “a rich and eclectic source of ideas, learned practices, history and … Continue reading

September 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Celebrating Dan Kiley

As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of the work of the US designer Dan Kiley. His spare, modern parks and gardens arguably made him the finest … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 10 Comments

Eco-grazing in Paris

Or éco-pâturage à Paris, in the more elegant French description. I really want this to work. As a pilot scheme, the Paris parks department has installed four sheep in the … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 8 Comments

400 years of Le Nôtre

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, and the great designer is being honoured with an exhibition at the Tuileries in Paris and at … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 6 Comments

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GGW
Soiled and Seeded
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