Gnomes; Goddesses; dragons and dogs - what's the point of garden statues? Surely they perform no useful function? Well, yes... and no. There are three good reasons why you might like to have a statue or few. What's your view - are they useless junk or valuable art? You decide.
Are you someone who is able to walk around a gorgeous garden and name just about every plant you see? Or do you find that plant names only get as far as the tip of your tongue and refuse to emerge in a coherent form? Why is it that common names are often far easier to remember than botanical versions? Why, even, do we need proper names when everyone knows what we are talking about when we ask for St. Johns Wort; Ragged Robbin or Lungwort?Read more
We have been in love with gardens for thousands of years. Gardens have evolved and continue to do so. The history of outdoor design is a story that spans the ages right back to prehistoric times. Details of historic garden design would fill volumes, but for convenience this can be vastly simplified into 12 main categories. Let's take a look...