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English Garden

English Garden
Kew Gardens © www.britainonview.com

As the saying goes, “an Englishman’s home is his castle”. And it seems fair to say, “an Englishman’s garden is his paradise.” England has long been a green-fingered nation and our gardens, whether a gigantic plot or teeny pot, represent a passion for gardening that borders on obsessive.

The English love affair with the garden has been a lasting and fruitful one and our fanatical fondness for gardens and gardening has long been firmly rooted within our national psyche. Our gardens in all their pruned or overgrown glory, not only tell us about their owners, they also represent aspects of our national identity; our diversity, sense of individualism and quirkiness – rosy-cheeked gnome or prize-winning marrow anyone?

Furthermore, when it comes to quirky gardening ephemera and pastimes, it’s probably safe to say that Britain reigns supreme. Well, where else in the world is the garden shed practically a home from home and an annual flower show the botanical equivalent to an Olympic sport?

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry