Some books give more than they have promised. Some books promise much and give even more and these books are to be treasured for they are rare things, giving testimony, insight and understanding to the deeper matters of our world and our lives. “Cherry Ingram” by Naoko Abe is such a book. Simplistically, this is … Continue reading The Cherry Man – A Fabulous Story!
This was the most interesting, enjoyable and informative book I’ve read in ages! At its very simplest, this book acts as a guide to 100 of the most significant gardens of the world with insights into their backgrounds, their cultural influences and place within the history of landscape design. However, the selection is arranged … Continue reading The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens.
A number of years ago I was guiding a small group of ladies, members of a visiting garden club, around our own garden. All was going along pleasantly, I thought, until there was a loud “But!” followed by a pause when I looked at the lady’s face, her mouth open and an expression which said, … Continue reading Yes, Gardening is Sexist and Personal!
It is obvious to me now that I have had a blinkered view of the floral treasures of Switzerland. For me Switzerland has always been a destination for mountain walking, to see wildflowers in their natural setting, to walk the alpine meadows and the mountain tops to search out such delights as their famous Edelweiss, … Continue reading Gardens – Switzerland
We live in an age of concern about the wholesomeness of our food, about the widespread use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers, about food miles, the use of preservatives, artificial additives and colourants. We are aware of the industrialisation of food production and processing, the erosion of seasonality as food is now available to us … Continue reading A Garden Can Be Anywhere!
We attach a certain magic to islands, as we do to other remote natural areas – mountains, remote seashores and the like. We regard them as special places, places apart, places where we may be in more intimate contact with nature, places of beauty, of wildness, of ruggedness, of challenge and of success against the … Continue reading Island Gardens
Gardenlust by Christopher Woods - A Review This is a book which will gladden the heart of any gardener as we read of the vibrancy, enthusiasm, creativity and beauty of gardens worldwide. In the face of climate change, urbanisation, species loss, deforestation etc, garden creators around the world respond with positivity, a get up and go, … Continue reading Gardenlust