Plan a trip to some of Europe’s most stunning gardens with garden designer Carolyn Mullet as your guide. In May visit Chelsea Flower Show & English Gardens, A Designer’s Tour of Contemporary English Gardens in August, and Piet Oudolf & Dutch Wave Gardens in September. Are we packed yet?
With season 4 of the hit series Downton Abbey premiering January 5th, fans continue to tune in to the popular show about an Edwardian-era family & their estate. Filmed at Highclere Castle, a royal estate with a garden that dates to 1218, today the garden retains the aesthetic of its most famous designer—Lancelot Capability Brown, a preeminent British landscape architect who championed rolling meadows and natural overgrowth.
Florigelia were popular in the seventeeth century. Often illustrated by eminent artists, the lavishly produced books catalogued the plants in a garden, or collected on an expedition. Who can afford to produce such a book today? A prince, of course. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, who sponsored The Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of plants in the royal garden, and one of the most expensive books of modern times.
Visitors to the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle are greeted with a big black gate that warns "These Plants May Kill." Lurking beyond the miasmatic fog is a collection of over 100 botanic assassins & intoxicants that include the legendary deadly nightshade, strychnine, and mandrake, as well as ubiquitous garden plants like foxglove, datura, and laburnum.
Beth Dow's photographs of formal English and Italian gardens capture quiet moments that belie a garden's ever-humming life. In the Garden is a meditation on classic concepts of paradise and garden design, in which the photographer becomes a gardener, guiding the viewer's eye and creating a mood. She tells us a bit about some of her favorite photographs from In the Garden.
With its red and white blossoms, the York and Lancaster rose (Rosa damascena versicolor) marked the end of the War of the Roses, and symbolized the union of feuding families, each with their own rose: the House of York, with its white rose, and the House of Lancaster, with its red rose.