Category Archives: English Gardens & Gardeners

I have a passion for this category. A beginning blogger, I wrote posts that were too long as I launched my site. I wanted the posts to support my novel, Greening of a Heart, set in a Vicarage Cotswold Garden. The blog grew from this focus.

Welcome to Spring….almost

An Earlier Spring in The Sister’s Garden – Chapel Hill, NC I know I’m rushing things, but today, the first day of Spring, needs to be encouraged. I’ve been enjoying Beverly Nichols, English garden writer, AGAIN. I’ve written about him in … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts About the New Rosemary Verey Biography

 “Simon Verity’s statues, plinth, and fountain add important dimensions to the developing gardens at Barnsley”-Barbara Paul Robinson I can’t imagine what turn my life might have taken if I, like Barbara Paul Robinson, had worked at Barnsley House under the tutelage … Continue reading

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A New Book About Rosemary Verey -Legendary Gardener

Rosemary Verey – The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener Author – Barbara Paul Robinson One of the first posts I wrote when starting this blog was about Rosemary Verey, famous English gardener. She is mentioned several times in … Continue reading

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London Underground Art Posters

THANK YOU to the Google writers who contributed to my search for information about London’s Underground graphic posters,  I was able to gather some facts about this endlessly, appealing, nostalgic, historic art work. You probably refer to the Underground as … Continue reading

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Rosemary Verey -Barnsley House

Barnsley House The Gardens of Rosemary Verey Rosemary Verey, famous English gardener, is mentioned several times in my novel. I intended to pay tribute to her lasting influence as a garden designer and plants-woman.  In 2000, on a garden trip, … Continue reading

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England’s National Trust: A Historical Thumbnail Sketch

Three names are forever linked with the creation of The National Trust, founded in 1895. Octavia Hill, housing reformer and champion of higher education for women, Canon Rawnsley, who was devoted to the Lake District, and Sir Robert Hunter, a … Continue reading

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The English Rose -David Austin Roses

“Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown, Come in the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad, And the musk of the rose is blown” -Alfred Lord Tennyson For Christmas, a … Continue reading

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Beverley Nichols, English Garden Writer

“A garden is a place for shaping a little world of your own according to your heart’s desire.” Beverley Nichols from Green Grows the City Beverley Nichols I don’t remember the exact date that Beverley Nichols came into my life. … Continue reading

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English Clergy Gardeners

“There is no wind and no sun, only a sort of warm haze, and through it the mingled country sounds of a bee, a mowing machine, a mill and a sparrow.  Peace!    -Rupert Brooke English Clergy Gardeners On my mind … Continue reading

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Christopher Lloyd – Great Dixter .

“Anyone who was serious about plants would be admitted into the great conversation that is the English garden.” –Simon Jenkins (speaking about Christopher Lloyd) Christopher Lloyd I visited Christopher Lloyd’s famous garden, Great Dixter, on a garden trip in 2000. … Continue reading

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Rosemary Verey -Barnsley House

Barnsley House The Gardens of Rosemary Verey Rosemary Verey, famous English gardener, is mentioned several times in my novel. I wanted to pay tribute to her lasting influence as a garden designer and plants-woman. In 2000, on a garden trip, … Continue reading

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