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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?