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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
There is something about the Cotswolds in England that call to us. Addicted to English mysteries, I have lost count of those I’ve read set in an English village where the suspects come and go on their bicycles, entertain the Vicar, open Village Fetes, and murder people. In 2000, on a garden tour, I visited a number of famous English gardens in the area and met gardeners whose names will forever be linked with English Gardening. In many ways the experience changed my life.
Burford is a ‘poster child’ for the Cotswold region. I fell in love with this place on that garden tour. Later, I created a fictional world set in a renovated Vicarage garden in Burford. The research and garden references based on Cotswold village life fueled my imagination. Thatched roofs, the yellow hue of Cotswold stone, and cottage gardening fill our imaginations; we long to inherit a cottage from some lost relative, shop along the high street, grow roses, and have tea each day at four. If you do inherit, try not to be found in the garden, face down, in the herbaceous border.