Marchesi Alfieri: A Vineyard Garden In Piedmonte, Italy

Marchesi Alfieri: A Vineyard Garden In Piedmonte, Italy

One of the perks of co-owning a wine business, is that every now and again I get to visit some of the greatest wine estates. While Alex busies himself with the tasting in the cellars, or roaming the vineyards and feeling the soil - I find myself wandering some of the gardens. And Oh My, what fine gardens they are ... 

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France ... It all Started with the Glimpse of a Turret (#TheMidsummerGarden)

France ... It all Started with the Glimpse of a Turret (#TheMidsummerGarden)

It all started with the glimpse of a turret, you see. I was on a walk near Chalus, France, headphones in listening to my audiobook), striding along narrow roads that weaved through lurid green fields and acres of chestnuts forests, when over the barbed-wire fence I spotted this old castle.

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A Contemporary Space in Pudong, Shanghai

A Contemporary Space in Pudong, Shanghai

I recently went to Shanghai for some research for my next book. Pudong is the shiny new financial district built opposite the Bund, home to the Pearl Tower. It's built on reclaimed swamp and the buildings each try to be taller than the other. It's the visual representation of the China boom. 

But, among all these buildings, shopping malls and overpasses there are the most beautiful gardens. Pristine, tranquil and almost unused (which is unusual in China where public spaces are used and loved) by all the people scurrying like worker ants between the buildings. 

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A Visit to Chelsea Flower Show: Flashback to 2014

A Visit to Chelsea Flower Show: Flashback to 2014

If you love gardens and all things botanical/horticultural, then London's Chelsea Flower show is worth the visit, just once! I got lucky when I was in London doing a story on Heston Blumenthal's restaurant, Dinner, at the phenomenal Mandarin Oriental. I still pinch myself when I think about this week. Look at the pics and you'll see why. Dreaming of going again ...

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