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Schloss Trautmannsdorf Meditations I: the Problematic of Gardens for Lovers

The garden at Schloss Trautmannsdorf is a kind of Eden Project, a new garden created from 1995 and opened in 2001 (Fig. 1). The castle, which has had a sorry history, contains the provincial tourism museum, or Touriseum, which is … Continue reading

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The Monkey Puzzle Parterre at Biddulph Grange

At the National Trust’s Biddulph Grange garden in England they have a little terraced gardens in the section called ‘Italy’ which has four small monkey puzzle trees in a little box-edged parterre centred on a stone vase (Figs 1–3). This … Continue reading

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Chestnut trees: snapping, splitting and propping

Chestnut trees are very brittle, and large branches (sometimes 400 mm in diameter) often snap in storms. I have realised that matters are made worse if branches are forced to grow upwards by being planted too close together, since the … Continue reading

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