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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.

December 20, 2014 | Feast on your greens: winter gardening

December weather lays  bare the bones of the landscape and reminds keen gardeners of the delights of monochrome gardening.  Knock out  colour – except greens –   and think texture, movement, leaf contrast – all those things that design tutors at college chant as a mantra.

Last  autumn,  a group of us visited The Laskett in [...]

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November 13, 2013 | Provoked to think by the Bad Tempered Gardener

I have been reading Anne Wareham’s recent blog post “It must Go” and it ties in with thinking about garden criticism – rolling the idea round like a pebble in the mouth.  Beginning with two questions: What is a garden for? What is a good garden?  I’ve had undistracted leisure to do so on a [...]

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October 1, 2013 | pictorial summary of 4 important gardens

I have been very wordy of late and have run out of September’s quota.  October’s has not yet arrived.  In brief a minibus-load of us went west and cherry picked four gardens.  The first:  Rousham Park – rilled and the work of William Kent.  The best kept example of the English landscape garden and, relatively [...]

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