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Art, Architecture and Wine Making: a winning combination

While looking for somewhere to visit when staying in Aix-en-Provence, France, we came across the nearby Chateau La Coste. The vinyard, owned by Irishman Paddy McKillen, is a wonderful collaboration of art, architecture, a natural landscape, olive groves and vines. … Continue reading

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A brief trip through the history of time: the evolution of garden design part 2

At last the follow-up to a blog I originally wrote in October 2010 for those of you who are interested in discovering the changing face of garden design. I mentioned Le Notre’s work in Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte. His innovation was … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain may stay mainly on the plain, but the rain in France was definitely in Burgundy

For our summer visit to France this year we visited Burgundy and the Loire Valley – very nice for wines. We caught the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo. It was so calm I kept waking up thinking we … Continue reading

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The trials and tribulations of a show garden

Well it may not be Chelsea, but there were plenty of things to go awry. Initially I was asked if I could adjust my design to fit a different site, and then the dimensions changed once Jacksons started installing the … Continue reading

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Jacksons Show Garden Design Competition

I am over the moon as I am one of three winners of this year’s Jacksons Show Garden Design Competition – watch this link for further details: I will be taking lots of pictures during the build, so watch … Continue reading

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Winter interest in the garden

Even on the bleakest winter’s day scented winter flowering shrubs can brighten up your garden and gladden your heart. Evergreen shrubs give a garden a sense of structure, especially when silhouetted in snow or by a heavy frost, while variegated … Continue reading

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A month in Chamonix? Now that can’t be bad …

Arriving in Chamonix in the French Alps used to be a confusing affair. You crossed over a bridge and railway lines, arriving at a small roundabout with people stepping out into the road all over the place. The signposts used … Continue reading

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