Monthly Archives: February 2018

Gardens on the Wall 2: The French Connections

This is a very belated follow-up to a post about gardens on walls in 18thc England in 2016 which looked at the work of John Baptist Jackson and his contemporaries.  And by “gardens on the wall” I don’t mean “living … Continue reading

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Amorous polygamy at Abbotsbury

No – it’s not south-east Asia but south-west Dorset!   Abbotsbury, a garden founded by the Strangways family in the late 18thc,  was my first point of call recently on an out of season tour of some gardens in the south-west. In … Continue reading

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Repton in a flap! Red Books and theatricality…

What’s the one thing that everyone knows about Humphry Repton apart from the fact that he spelt Humphry without an E? I’d guess it’s the fact that he produced Red Books, so called because of their red morocco leather bindings. … Continue reading

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William Caparne : painter and plantsman

The love of plants runs in the blood, or so it might appear from the life of William Caparne  teacher, painter, plantsman and iris fanatic.   A very private man, but who travelled widely in Europe and met and was … Continue reading

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