Category Archives: formal

Biddulph Grange, June 12, 2012: Victorian Wackadoodle

The third of my big field trips this summer was to Biddulph Grange garden in Congleton, about 2 hours out of London. Again, it was a case of train, tube, train, another train, and a couple mile walk to the … Continue reading

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Sissinghurst, May 2012: The Flowergasm

Crude, yes. But it got your attention, no? I didn’t plan on going to these gardens in any special order, but I am glad that I saw Sissinghurst after Stowe, if only to experience the contrast of the two styles, … Continue reading

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The Regent’s Park, April 2011

It is high time to update the blog and catch up with last year’s garden visits so that I am not completely behind once it’s time to start this year’s visits. Last April I investigated The Regent’s Park, which is … Continue reading

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Ham House and Fenton House, April 2011

Ham House is similar to the house in my novel: a country estate surrounded by formal, laid-out gardens, which are in turn surrounded by countryside. Although now, of course, that countryside is parks and suburban neighborhoods. The gardens are a … Continue reading

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Chelsea Physic Garden, April 2011

The Chelsea Physic Garden is full of contradictions. It is organized and scientific. It is wild and mysterious. It is lush and full and hemmed in by apartments and busy London. Though the Chelsea Physic Garden is closer to the … Continue reading

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Geffrye Museum, London (October 2011)

The Geffrye Museum, once an almshouse, showcases the changing interior of a “middle-class” home from 1600 to the late Victorian era. You walk from room to room (a series of dining and living room/parlors) to notice how the function and … Continue reading

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Museum of Garden History, London

Figured it’s best to start at the beginning, historically speaking¬† (visited Nov. 2010). The Museum of Garden History, St. Mary-at-Lambeth, London. Not only is this a museum of gardening history but it’s also the final resting place of the Tradescants, … Continue reading

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