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Wordless Wednesday - Autumn colours at Parham House, Sussex

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The walled gardens at Parham House (just a short drive from London, between Storrington and Pulborough on the A272) are filled with autumn colour right now - and there's a special "Autumn Foraging" event this Sunday, 28th September. Open 10.30 - 17.00 Entrance to house and gardens is £10 for adults and £5 for children (under fives free).

La Bambouseraie - an extraordinary plant collection that's survived the test of time

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The story of La Bambouseraie  - the oldest cultivated bamboo garden in Europe – located in southern France is fascinating. This plant haven houses in excess of 200 bamboo species, plus some 800 plants and trees, including champion specimens – quercus and magnolia and an astounding collection of oak trees - hidden in a valley near Anduze in the southern region. For plant and garden lovers, this is comparable to a day out at a major theme park for a child! This extraordinary garden was created by Eugene Mazel over a 40-year period in the 19th century. He was born locally in 1828, but was orphaned as a young child and entrusted into his uncle’s care. As a teenager, he became fascinated by plants and, when he later inherited his uncle’s huge fortune, added to by his own earnings as a successful spice merchant, he created La Bambouseraie at Prafrance, where work began in 1855. As his collection of bamboo and other rare species grew, he became one of the most respected botanists in Southern…

Wordless Wednesday - On the road again ... finally!

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