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Looking forward to spring and the art of the garden

The British love affair with gardening is well-known, and opening on 20 March and running until 11 October is an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace called Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. Building on the success of … Continue reading

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Fact or fiction: Shakespeare at Charlecote

There are many legends about Shakespeare’s life, but none is more compelling than that linking him with Charlecote Park, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Local historian Dr Robert Bearman has just sent me details of a new publication that relates to it: Anyone … Continue reading

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To move, astonish and delight mankind: Shakespeare at Stowe

With the extravagance of the Chelsea Flower Show behind us, and gardens and open spaces looking at their best, summer has finally started. Shakespeare has always been associated with nature, writing about flowers, plants and the English countryside.  So it’s surprising … Continue reading

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Reading in Shakespeare’s England

While on holiday in the English Lake District earlier this year I visited Townend, an old farmhouse in the village of Troutbeck, now in the care of the National Trust.  It’s a rare survivor, a house lived in by the … Continue reading

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