Sunday, March 31, 2019

Why is Britain in such a mess? Part Two

If you are watching, horrified, at the continuing political chaos in Britain you may like to read Part Two of my occasional political posting 'Why is Britain in such a mess?' It's an attempt to explain to outsiders, especially the often anglophile garden community, what is going on. Brits might like to take a look too. It's not meant to re-assuring!
https://www.noelkingsbury.com/noelsgarden-blog/2019/3/31/why-is-britain-in-such-a-mess-part-two

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Horti-Culture in Camellia-City Porto

Porto in northern Portugal is the city of the camellia. The public parks and people’s gardens are full of them. For those of us who are only used to seeing them as head high, or maybe in Cornwall, up to the first storey, these are huge. And the city clearly loves them. Last weekend, the city council put on its annual camellia festival.

Read on here-----

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Secrets to using grasses

Grasses simply are the best thing in the garden right now. At the most dismal time of year, when there is almost nothing else to take our minds off grey skies and cold winds, grasses can not just make an impact but actually look really good. Read on here.......

This is the first of a new secondary blog posting I am now doing for Learning with Experts - this is more practically-orientated and entry-level than my main blog, but always with little bit of detail on plant and garden history, ecology etc.

 Here is the link to blogs from the Learning with Experts group.

Picture credit: Jason Ingram
Jason is one of our leading garden photographers. You can come and learn the tricks of the trade from him through our Garden Masterclass programme.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Olivier Filippi and the Mediterranean garden of the future



An overview of the garden created by Olivier and Carla Filippi over the last thirty years. To many of us it appears to be a quintessentially Mediterranean landscape, all those grey hummocks and of course the Italian cypresses. The visual balance between these two elements is powerful as well as symbolising a harmony between the natural and the cultural. The cypresses may be native to the region but the narrow form is the result of a long period of selection and the tree’s wide range is a reflection of centuries of planting.

Carry on reading here:


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Portugal Centro Region - the front line of climate change?


You want to know what impact climate change will have on landscapes? Come to the Centro Region of Portugal and take a look.
Having spent some months in the region, I really feel on the front line of climate change. I have blogged before about the devastating fires the area has suffered from..... to read on see here.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Louisiana, Denmark - a perfect synthesis of sculpture, archictecture and landscape


Louisiana, a contemporary art gallery north of Copenhagen just has to be one of my most favourite places. Not for the contents so much (I am no great fan of contemporary art) but for the extraordinary and quite unique synthesis of art, landscape and architecture it offers. It also has an atmosphere of immense calm, almost a healing atmosphere. I think I have been there six or seven times now and every time I walk away quite mesmerised by it..... continue here

Thursday, October 11, 2018

End of an era at Hummelo

So, you have until October 27th to see Piet and Anja’s private garden at Hummelo. After that, sorry, but its no more visiting..... continue on https://www.noelkingsbury.com/noelsgarden-blog/
where I will now be moving my blog posts from now on. This felt like a good opportunity to make the move, as the old blogger site just did not do justice to the images.