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Monthly Archives: May, 2011

A Burlesque Marxist in Paris

The Brazilian Roberto Burle Marx was a modern day Renaissance man – painter, jeweller, poet, musician, sculptor, environmentalist, cook, set designer, plant hunter, landscape architect. Of course, it is those … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

La Folie Titon

Here’s a better example of sustainability in the parks of Paris. I wrote the other day about the park department’s rather ham-fisted attempts to introduce biodiversity in the grand parc … Continue reading

May 28, 2011 · 5 Comments

Landscape Lover turns one…

It was a year ago that this blog saw the light of day, so I am allowing myself a little self-indulgent contemplation of its first twelve months. As a parent, … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · 11 Comments

Nature under totalitarian rule

Paris is gaining something of a ‘green’ reputation – with its Vélib’ bike-rental scheme, its organic markets, and a profusion of pocket parks and vertical gardens. For the City parks … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · 18 Comments

Signs of the times

I have become quietly obsessed with park signage and historical markers. Already I’ve posted a couple of times on particular examples in Paris and Philadelphia, and now people are starting … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · 2 Comments

Vaux le Vicomte

On Saturday I led a guided tour of the fabulous estate at Vaux le Vicomte, southeast of Paris, which was the first commission for André Le Nôtre. These are possibly … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · 10 Comments

A ha’peth of tar

La Banque Postale has just opened its new headquarters in a cluster of buildings in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Having taken many years and a great deal of public … Continue reading

May 11, 2011 · 9 Comments

A modernist fortress

Today I am delighted to be a guest contributor on Lula Alvarez’s blog, On Botanical Photography. We have jointly produced a photo-essay on on the Barbican in London, Lula taking … Continue reading

May 8, 2011 · 5 Comments

RHS gardens, Wisley

Some people are rather sniffy about the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley in Surrey: the entry fee and cafés are too expensive, the visitors are all middle-aged and middle … Continue reading

May 2, 2011 · 5 Comments

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On Botanical Photography
Soiled and Seeded
Along Life's Highway

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