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Willow Wreath Workshops 2017

Hello everyone Another year eh? I trust you all are as well as can be expected. The year runs by so quickly because we are busy, healthy, happy & safe…mostly. Here are the dates for 2017 the Willow Wreath Workshops. If you can’t make these dates, contact me & I’ll do a small group here at […]

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Adventures in Boots June 2017 – Woburn Abbey Gardens

Every once in a while I encounter a garden which disappoints. Woburn Abbey Gardens in Bedfordshire left us feeling rather flat after our visit recently during an April bank holiday. Suggestions for the new landscaping project at the park were put forward by the renowned landscape gardener Humphrey Repton back in the early 19th century […]

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Snowdrop weekend at Old Church House, Long Marston.

Not just snowdrops of course, which would be a bit bland, but iris, crocus & cyclamen. Also on offer was a church tower, mulled wine & flapjack. Not bad for a cold, grey winter’s day eh? The Old Church House is Long Marston near Tring in Herts just a few miles from where I live […]

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Adventures in Boots – ‘Lunuganga’ in Bentota, Sri Lanka – March 2017

During the latter part of our travels around Sri Lanka in January we visited Geoffrey Bawa’s garden ‘Lunuganga’ in Bentota. Mr Bawa was an (mostly) English educated Sri Lankan architect – the most famous architect in Sri Lanka, who died in 2003. Geoffrey Bawa House Interior Born into a priviliged family in 1919 he didn’t […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka – February 2017

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka   The second city in Sri Lanka is dusty, dirty, noisy & difficult to navigate so a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy was a most welcome relief. Not so much a botanic garden in the sense that we would recognise here in the British Isles, […]

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Adventures in Boots – Willow Wreath Workshops – January 2017

I haven ’t been trekking far and wide garden visiting since I last wrote for the magazine. I’m off to Sri Lanka in two weeks so my next post will be exotic but for now my adventures have been more of the local sort. Sue made a very neat co-ordinated wreath Terrific effort by Anna […]

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Adventures in Boots – Latimer House – December 2016

December is a quiet time for flowers in the garden but it’s a very aromatic time for winter flowering shrubs. Even though it isn’t winter just yet, this week I spotted a Viburnum x bodnantense whilst working in a garden. The blossom wasn’t quite fully open but the scent was sweet & pleasant. These stems […]

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Adventures in Boots – Coleton Fishacre – November 2016

It was like stepping back in time visiting Coleton Fishacre during our August bank holiday in Devon. The Arts & Craft styled house was superbly curated & reminded me of childhood visits to my grandmother’s home where the bathroom furniture & colours were similar. The house & garden are now under the guardianship of the […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Garden House – October 2016

When I looked at the map whilst on a recent trip to South Devon I thought The Garden House near Yelverton too far to travel through the busy windy roads in a campervan on an August bank holiday. However, tweeting with a fellow garden visiting pal put me right & we decided it would be […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Grove – September 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Last month was quite special-I got married. Yes! Fancy, an old bird like me getting married. I wouldn’t normally share such an event with YB readers/whole world but that evening, as a gift from our friends, we went to The Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross which you may know […]

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