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view of the River Deben in Suffolk
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Rewilding on the Suffolk Coast

Rewilding   The term rewilding can be interpreted in different ways, but generally as the restoration of an ecosystem to the point where it can take care of itself. This can involve the reintroduction of …

Arcadia Greece
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Wildflowers and Pastoralism in Arcadia

    Arcadia, Greece A week of hiking the Menalon Trail in Arcadia from Lagadia to Dimitsana, high up in the Peloponnese mountains and one starts to understand what pastoralism really means. This part of …

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Choosing a gardening colour palette

The Boodles Best of British GardenĀ  choosing the colour palette I love the vibrancy and drama in Pre-Raphaelite paintings and I want to harness this vibrancy of colour in my plant palette for the garden …

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My kitchen garden and surviving the drought.

My Kitchen Garden. This summer has been a battle of survival in my kitchen garden. At last, after months of waiting, we have had some rain here at Mansard House in Suffolk. Since May we …

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Rambling Roses at Mansard House

  Rambling Roses Rambling or rambler roses (Rosa) are perfect for covering a large wall or pergola, or growing into the canopy of a large, established tree. Rambling roses are usually very vigorous and need …

Boodles Garden design at RHS Chelsea
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Gold medal at RHS Chelsea 2022

    I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a gold medal by the RHS for my Boodles Travel Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2022. What an incredible team I had working with me …

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Autumn Colours in Suffolk

Autumn colours at Mansard House in Suffolk As a general rule, autumn-tinting plants need sunlight to perform really well; deep shade is hopeless for producing Autumn colour. If you can plant your tinting trees so …

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Bulb planting in meadows

Bulb planting in meadows at Mansard House The soil at Mansard House in Suffolk is far too fertile for the traditional wildflower meadow. Owing to the fact that we are on an alluvial flood plain, …

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Cambridge Garden Design

There is one big hurdle to overcome when designing a garden in the city of Cambridge in that it is the driest city in the UK. Combined with rain shadow and global warming, Cambridge is …