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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.
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January 29, 2017 | Do 'water features' set your teeth on edge?

The short dark days of the early year are tailored to armchair gardening, plotting and researching future schemes.  Musings in our house  have turned to the magical quality of  water, to where  to put it in the garden and what the influences and inspiration might be.    I will walk you round the history and [...]

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June 21, 2012 | Rest assured at Wrest Park

Bedfordshire?  Never given it much thought beyond gritting my teeth over the drive to Luton airport.  A prejudice I don’t mind defending as many have never heard of Suffolk, where I’m from, at all.

This non view got swept into a cocked hat or french drain two days back when travels along a beaded necklace of [...]

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October 22, 2011 | A quick gallop through some garden history

Chatsworth gardens as laid out in 1699

Chatsworth gardens as laid out in 1699

The first gardens that archeology uncovers are those made by the Egyptians.  Walled cool courtyards carved out of the arid desert and based round water, the formal planting of date palms, papyrus and figs in rows.   Since the making of the earliest gardens, there has  been a [...]

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