The Gardens of Downton Abbey

January 03, 2014
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As January 5 approaches, Downton Abbey fans on this side of the pond are eagerly awaiting a US broadcast of the British drama's fourth season. We're dusting off our tea sets and revisiting questions we were left with at last season's close. Of course, readers of this magazine may have additional questions: How high will the trellised roses have climbed? What flowers will fill the garden's herbaceous borders? Will we see any new topiary or espalier designs? The gardens are beautiful, and they are a enthralling backdrop to the drama & romance.

Botanic Notables: The Oldest Tree House

January 27, 2012
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One of the oldest treehouses in the world sits in a large-leaved lime tree (Tilia platyphyllos) in Shrewsbury, England. With its half-timber frame and tiled roof, the famous Tree House at Pitchford is a miniature version of the adjacent Pitchford Hall, an historic country estate.

Art + Botany: Studio Glithero's Blueware Ceramics

January 06, 2012
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Blueware collection is a series of ceramic pieces by designers at Studio Glithero. Inspired by a long tradition of blue-and-white pottery (Dutch Delftware, Chinese porcelain, British Jasperware), the London-based studio applied a more modern technique: they used cyanotyping, a proto-photographic process, to capture images on ceramic tiles and vases.

Links We Love, 12/12/2011

December 12, 2011
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- Incredible Edible: The British town that's trying to grow all of its own food—and whose vegetables are free for anyone to take (and eat). [Daily Mail]

Art + Botany: Robert Thornton's 'The Temple of Flora'

September 01, 2011
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"The object of this work is to trace in as perspicacious a manner as possible the philosophical principles of botany, from the earliest times, up to the present period, and by faithful and well executed engravings of the several subjects of the investigation, to render this curious and interesting inquiry level to everyone's comprehension."—Robert John Thornton

The Good Host: Q & A with Terence Conran

July 11, 2011
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Terence and Vicki (right) Conran hosting a lunch at their home in Berkshire, England.