Bryan’s Ground

  One of the most pleasurable things about summer for me is visiting other people’s gardens: another, is lazing around in my own garden. If I am not careful, I can find that the season has slipped by without me making the most of it. So now I make a list in advance. It’s something I would recommend to anyone. …

A Garden of Delight in Amazing Amizmiz

  Shopping with my mother is never dull. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does it is invariably an adventure. This time it involved a trip to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco where she was considering buying a country house. This led me to discover the deliciously spring-green hillsides surrounding the important Berber market …

David Hicks: Green Man in The Grove

  David Hicks was a star in the 1960s and 70s; a self-made man who epitomised a new era when it seemed like talent and energy was all it took to break through stuffy establishment rules. His big idea was to mix the traditional with the modern in his interior designs, creating a look which had broad appeal – an …

The Kolkata Flower Market

  Whether you know it as Calcutta, or Kolkata, this city seduces with sheer force of personality. It’s not somewhere many people choose to holiday but if you get a chance, take it and go –  immerse yourself in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in India. I love it and revel in the marvels around every …

Séricourt: Reflections on War & Peace

  A garden on the theme of war – what would it look like and how would it feel to be in it? It’s not often that a garden poses questions before you’ve even seen it and I have been keen to visit Séricourt, in the Pas de Calais region of France, for some time now. Like many gardens Séricourt …

The Secret Garden – Marrakesh

  There’s a new garden to visit in Marrakesh and the best way to see it is to shop ‘til you drop. Now, I’m pretty keen on gardens but frankly a bit lily-livered when it comes to shopping. Lucky for me my two knowledgeable but naughty friends, Katie and Sarah, encouraged me to, tackle the souks with vigour, have lots …