Royal Botanical Gardens – Edinburgh

Excerpt from the book Travels through History : Northern Ireland and Scotland  Belfast and the Causeway Coast has been rated best region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. In September 2017, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by a respected travel company, Rough Guides. ========== The original Edinburgh Botanical Garden wasContinue reading “Royal Botanical Gardens – Edinburgh”

Take the kids to … Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent

History lesson and fun family day out combine at this sumptuous medieval house and its gardens near Tonbridge. The cycle ride to it is a joy as well

Barcelona’s open-air cabinet of curiosities, the Jardí Botànic

The author of new guide Quiet Barcelona sings the praises of this peaceful garden high on the slopes of Montjuïc

In Bruges, unwind amid the calm of an almshouse garden

Many of Bruges’s 44 almshouses have hidden gardens, which are ideal spaces for contemplating its historic atmosphere. This is one of the best

2016 Trip – Tip 4 – France Avignon

Another day, another tip to visit a garden, this time in Avignon. Past the Palais des Papes visitors should go up the incline to the right of the Petit Palais Museum and follow the path/road around until there’s green space all around. This is Le Jardin du Rocher des Doms and the views over theContinue reading “2016 Trip – Tip 4 – France Avignon”

2016 Trip – Tip 3 – France – In Nimes

When you visit Nimes make sure to look at some sights other than The Arena. If you are lucky enough to have the Michelin – Languedoc Roussillon Tarn Gorges – Guide, follow the two walk suggestions in there, especially the one that takes you to the wonderful Jardins de la Fontaine. Watch as men playContinue reading “2016 Trip – Tip 3 – France – In Nimes”

Capability Brown gardens Northumberland and sites across the UK

Our land may have been green and pleasant before Lancelot “Capability” Brown started rearranging its hills and lakes, but the UK’s most celebrated landscape gardener was so prolific – he is associated with 260 sites in England and Wales – that many of the landscapes we think of today as typically English are, in fact,Continue reading “Capability Brown gardens Northumberland and sites across the UK”