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Yew Topiary Birds at Hidcote After 110 Years of Clipping

The gardens at Hidcote Manor are now open over the weekends during the winter. I’m so pleased the National Trust has decided to do this as it gives the opportunity to appreciate the bare bones of the garden without the distraction of the beautiful flowering borders and leafy trees. Lawrence Johnston was the man responsible […]

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Wibbly Wobbly Yew Hedges at Montacute House

I took the opportunity to visit Montacute House gardens when travelling home through Somerset the other day because I wanted to see in person their beautiful yew hedges. Montacute House is magnificent – a fine example of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture. The gardens would have been a formal design, with yew hedges clipped to perfect straight […]

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Linking a Garden with Doorways in Hedges

Recently I have become mildly obsessed with doorways cut into hedges. I think they are a wonderful way for large gardens to link different areas. Too often hedges are seen as static features, acting as a barrier to divide one area from another. By cutting a doorway the hedge’s purpose changes and becomes an integral […]

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The Fashion for Cloud Pruned Yew Hedges

If you follow this blog or my social media profiles you may have noticed I am building a small collection of vintage gardening books. This is not intentional. I find it difficult to resist when I see an interesting antique gardening book on an online auction site and my low bids seem to be winning. […]

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Appreciating the Dutch Style Features at Westbury Court Garden

I’ve always been interested in the Dutch style gardens that became fashionable between the late 17th and early 18th century when Britain and Holland shared the same king, William III. Typically rectangular in shape, classical Dutch style gardens relied on a strong use of symmetry and geometrical form. They were designed to highlight the art […]

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Pelham Crescent by Luciano Giubbilei

The garden at Pelham Crescent in London was designed by Luciano Giubbilei in 2004. The brief was to link the newly refurbished house with the recently built garage at the far end of the existing garden. Luciano emphasised the link between the house and garden with his use of scale and proportion. A seating and […]

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Twisted pine tree inspiration

As a gardener I have a certain amount of control in the way plants grow. Take apple trees for instance. From year one they are pruned and shaped with the intention of producing the highest yield of apples as well as looking good in their garden location. But when nature takes over this can produce […]