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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.

The Return of the Untermyer Gardens

February 16, 2013
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The Persian walled gardens contain water features signature to the style, including two channels that intersect at a central basin. The four water elements symbolize the four rivers of paradise.

Botanic Notables: Florida's 'The Senator' Cypress

February 10, 2012
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Last month, a fire destroyed an ancient tree in central Florida. At 3,500 years old, the Senator was one of the oldest bald cypress trees in the world, and, at 118 feet, one of the tallest east of the Mississippi. The tree was already 3,000 years old when Ponce de Leon named the land La Florida and it was a popular tourist attraction long before Walt Disney built his theme parks.

A Sculptural Ode to England's Landscape & Witch Hunts

December 28, 2010
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In August 1612, ten people in idyllic Pendle Hill, Lancashire were found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to death by hanging. In August 2012, a public exhibit opened to commemorate these convictions, and others in England's centuries-long witch hunt. Winding through the rural landscape, Pendle Sculpture Trail features site-specific environmental art by four artists.