The magazine draws its inspiration from the pleasure gardens of 18th century London — places where art, culture, fashion and often hedonism were brought together in a garden setting. These were places to see and be seen — places to escape the grime of the city and be transported somewhere special.
I suppose it is inherited — growing up in a family where the garden was pretty much the center of conversation always! It has also developed to appreciate how gardens and plants manifest themselves in to all aspects of human culture in some way or another.
There have been so many good ones and I am involved with all of them on some level that I couldn’t possibly choose! This third issue has some really interesting stories on the rose and I learned so much about this flower doing this issue. Culturally and symbolically, this flower is loaded.
My favorite garden in the world…
Again — kind of an impossible question as there are so many and such a variety of styles. It changes constantly — jumping from one thing to another. One garden that I do always gain great joy from is Great Dixter, which is not far from where I live in Sussex; it’s a very special place. Last year was the first time I saw Versailles too, which was kind of incredible too!
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