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The Gardening Coach

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

December 10, 2014 | 10 Italian Gardens not to miss

Italy again – the copy below first appeared in IntoGardens, the on-line gardening app.  It gives a quick overview of 10 gardens in Italy that I love. Five are very old and five are from the 20th century.

Villa d’Este a Tivoli, Lazio:

Ippolito (Hercules to you and me) d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia and the richest [...]



September 2, 2011 | Friday Creature Feature: can some keen entomologist identify this?

Cross between a teddy bear and a bee.  They move as packs through lavender bushes garnering nectar at high speed.   Spotted in Italy.

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August 26, 2011 | WWOOFING: a short guide to success

“I cultivate 1 hectare of aromatic herbs and collect wild herbs too, I also have 2 hectares of woodland and 9 donkeys.  The work is mainly manual:  hoeing, weeding, harvesting and drying herbs, harvesting saffron and the taking the donkeys to pasture and clearing in the woods.  We prepare meals and eat in the fields  [...]