Adventures in Boots – Rousham House – June 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Rousham House & Gardens in Oxfordshire is the home of the Cottrell Dormer family built by Charles Bridgeman in the 1700’s & further enhanced by William Kent later on that century. Kent created a masterpiece in an Augustan style with ponds, terraces & statues to recall the scenes of […]

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Adventures in Boots – Ulting Wick – May 2016

The National Garden Scheme www.ngs.org.uk is a charity that raises funds for beneficieries connected with care & nursing charities. In the last ten years, among others, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Perennial & (for 2016) Horatio’s Garden have received £23 million in donations which makes the NGS the largest cumulative donor in the history of these charities. […]

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Adventures in Boots – Andalusia – April 2016

Recently I visited Andalusia again. I love this part of Spain & have been several times but never in March & I was surprised that spring wasn’t more advanced in fact it was really chilly. Spain is a wind energy leader in Europe with about 20% of its energy coming from wind power & Andalusia […]

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Adventures in Boots – Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill – March 2016

Full marks to the National Trust for managing to get Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill in Cambridgeshire full of visitors on a flat grey day in the middle of February. Arriving at 11.30pm thirty minutes after opening my friend & I found the car park full with hundreds of cars & the reception area brimming […]

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Adventures in Boots – Frithsden – December 2015

My boots are well & truly wet now & it’s looking like it’s time to pack them away for a couple of months especially as we’ve had cold weather too. Working in the cold & wet is truly miserable during the dark months & I know some gardeners like me take a break in December. […]

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Adventures in Boots – November 2015

I have fallen out of love with tulips. Quite simply tulips are too high maintenance in this area what with the difficult heavy soil conditions, tulip fire blight and squirrels. As beautiful as they are I don’t have the patience or the energy to put the work in for a display to be partly destroyed […]

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Adventures in Boots – October 2015

In the time of the small garden & apartment living, of which we have plenty in Berkhamsted, I’m increasingly asked to provide container gardens & planting. In fact if I look around my clients’ gardens I can see the colour right now is mostly provided by plants in pots, troughs, raised beds, sinks, metal pails, […]

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Adventures in Boots – Tuscany- July 2015

At the Chelsea Flower show Dan Pearson won the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award and of course a gold medal. One of my clients who visited the show on a non-rainy day said the boulders the designer had used were just terrific and ‘looked as though they had been there forever’. I don’t think we […]

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