"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine" - A description of fairy queen Titania’s abode in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Zurich Succulent Plant Collection is one of the most impressive of its kind, covering more than 4750sqm and displaying over 6500 plants. We visited the collection and brought our good old 35mm camera.
Some 200 hundred years ago, there lived an architect in the Netherlands. His name was Jan David Zocher, and he, along with his son, was assigned to create landscape gardens around the already existing castle of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut on 15th century hunting grounds.
National Geographic have been to the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in Califor-nia, roughly 2000m above sea level to photograph a tree. Big deal. Except that this giant se-quoia is over 75m tall, 8m around and sprouted at the very beginning of the Iron Age, some 3200 years ago.
With a spectacular exhibition of over fifty photorealistic plant sculptures that would make Duane Hanson green with envy, the Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 event grabbed visitors’ attention by turning the Botanical Garden into something combining a zoo and an Elysian playground.
It’s Judi Dench’s birthday today and to celebrate, why not watch a youtube video of her talking about one of her favourite places, Hever Castle in Kent? Judi says that her family often visits: “We come to it in all weathers, in all seasons, and this is where we recharge our batteries.”