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March 16, 2009
It's one of those mild London days and close enough to spring that I feel inexorably drawn to the city's gardens.
My first stop is the Chelsea Physic Garden, a fascinating collection of medicinal plants that dates back to the late 1600s. Items are arranged according to utility and origin rather than aesthetics, so the stroll reveals a hodgepodge that ranges from the noble to the downright homely.
In fact, it feels like exactly what it is - a garden arranged by biochemistry graduates.
Next, I hop in a cab and head to Kensington to admire Holland Park, a tranquil delight and a convenient introduction to the work of England's greatest gardener, Lancelot "Capability" Brown.
Brown's idea was to split the difference between nature and artifice, and the garden is a correspondingly complex vision of carefully arranged disorder.
How does your garden grow?
Ridership on the Empire Builder, which goes between Seattle and Chicago with stops in Edmonds and Everett, increased more than 8 percent in 2008 over 2007.