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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

Restoring decadence

Decadence is defined as moral or cultural decline as characterised by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury. In terms of Mughal design, Safdarjung’s Tomb in Delhi is a fine example … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

Architecture enhancing nature

Joseph Allen Stein was a twentieth century American architect who spent much of his professional life in India. I have written before about his work at the India Habitat Centre, … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 5 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

Paris post-script

My visit to Paris this summer revealed some odd goings-on at the venerable parc Monceau, in the heart of the city. Originally created in the 18th century as a flamboyant … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

A car wreck of a park?

Parc André Citroën in the southwest of Paris was created just twenty years ago, on the site of an old car factory. The only park in the capital with frontage … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Faith in the future

Born from the trauma of partition, the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, in the Himalayan foothills, was designed as a model city and a decisive break with India’s colonial past. … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

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

Faroese landscapes

Today I am delighted to introduce a guest post on the landscapes of the Faroe Islands, the archipelago that lies roughly midway between Iceland, Norway and Scotland. Its author, Jacqui … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 10 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

Northumberlandia

It’s been described as a pagan love goddess, a gesture of environmental stewardship, the largest human figure in the world, an abstraction of the Cheviot hills, a recumbent partner of … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

Herterton House

Herterton House is a one-acre gem of a place in Northumberland. It has featured on the BBC’s Gardeners World and in national newspapers, and yet remains much less well-known than … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 10 Comments

The Shakespeare of gardening

The year 2016 will mark three hundred years since the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and plans are being put in place to celebrate this greatest of England’s landscape designers. … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 6 Comments

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GGW
Soiled and Seeded
Along Life's Highway

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