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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.

September 29, 2012 | Le Jardin Plume

Step through a hole in the hedge off a field of stubble and you’ve got the   hallmark of Le Jardin Plume:  simple restraint.  The garden, some 20 years old, was created by the Quibels to bring attention to their nursery.   It is, as you might  guess, a plantsmans’ garden.  Not many minutes in, [...]

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September 22, 2012 | Les Jardins Agapanthe

Monsieur Alexandre Thomas, paysagiste, has taken an idiosyncratic tack with his family garden.  The sobriquet ‘nonconformist’ sticks and he revels in it.  He has two of them,  Les Jardins Agapanthe, mere spitting distance apart across a country lane in Grigneuseville, Normandy.  Each has an etiolated gingerbread house at the core  with planting wrapped and woven [...]

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September 1, 2012 | Disgruntled snail trail up Arthur's Seat in quest for the Speed of Light.

Today is the last time for  the climb in the dark in Edinburgh. NVA’s Speed of Light which  is billed as an interactive light show and heralded as ‘state art and spiritual collectivism” .   In reality a slow blunder up and down a  rocky hill in the dark.  Groups of 100 set off together [...]

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