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Talking Innovation on ‘Cultivating Place’

I was delighted to be invited to appear on Jennifer Jewell’s thought-provoking and wide-ranging ‘Cultivating Place’ podcast recently, which airs on North State Public Radio in California.  It was an interesting experience – a bit like a gardener’s psychotherapy session, as Jennifer drilled down (albeit very gently) into my gardening journey, and the story behind…

Ceramic vase by Pablo Picasso, Soller, Mallorca

All Aboard for Art

The little wooden train that trundles over the Tramuntana mountains between Palma and Soller in Mallorca is one tourist excursion that is worth its ticket price. Now electrified, this narrow gauge railway line opened in 1912, and is no mean feat of engineering. The one hour journey takes passengers up 199 metres with an incline…

The Snowdrops are comin’ home

February can be a pretty bleak month in the garden so a new festival celebrating one of the month’s few horticultural reasons to be cheerful is  good news.  The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival (http://www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk), which took place for the first time this weekend (17-19 February), is the brainchild of the town’s horticultural society (http://www.sheptonhortsoc.org.uk). The…