Category Archives: Locations

States of the Union #10

States of the Union #10

Finally at the end of my ten-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. What a fun journey it has been! I learned a ton, and hope all my readers, whether from the US or abroad, have enjoyed the education about this great country. I am… CONTINUE READING…

Existing Georgian Era Hermitages: Part 2

Existing Georgian Era Hermitages: Part 2

On Tuesday I posted a blog giving a brief history on the HERMITAGE, a Georgian Era type of garden folly. As I noted, few known hermitages from the 18th century still exist. Of those, most have been reconstructed or renovated to some degree. Drawings and documentation of hermitages long reclaimed by nature or purposefully destroyed provide… CONTINUE READING…

States of the Union #9

States of the Union #9

My ten-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America is almost complete! Here we are at #9, and there is only one more to go! I am a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history, so for ten consecutive weeks each blog post will spotlight FIVE… CONTINUE READING…

Existing Georgian Era Hermitages: Part 1

Existing Georgian Era Hermitages: Part 1

Two days ago I gave a brief history on the HERMITAGE, a Georgian Era type of garden folly. As I noted, few known hermitages from the 18th century still exist. Of those, most have been reconstructed or renovated to some degree. Drawings and documentation of hermitages long reclaimed by nature or purposefully destroyed provide a broad… CONTINUE READING…

States of the Union #4

States of the Union #4

Today I am continuing what will be a ten-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. I am a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history, so for ten consecutive Wednesdays each blog post will spotlight FIVE States (chosen at random). There will be some trivia,… CONTINUE READING…

The Follies at Barwick Park in Somerset

The Follies at Barwick Park in Somerset

BARWICK PARK is a landscape park located near the city of Yeovil in South Somerset. The enormous estate was once the property of Syon Abbey, but then passed through various owners after Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1530s. Documentation during these centuries are sketchy, including the acquisition around 1770 by Quaker and landowner… CONTINUE READING…

The British Museum at Montagu House

The British Museum at Montagu House

Founded by Parliament in 1753, the British Museum was the first national, public museum in the world. Located at Montagu House in Bloomsbury, the gardens opened in 1757 and the museum in 1759, with a beginning collection of over 71,000 antiquities donated by physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane.     Initially, the collections were… CONTINUE READING…

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

MAZE MONTH has to end sometime (and tomorrow will indeed be the last post) but as I searched historic hedge mazes I ran across so many astounding structures of a newer creation that I had to include at least one blog about them. The following list is far from complete when it comes to the plethora… CONTINUE READING…

Historic Mazes: Hampton Court & Woburn Abbey

Historic Mazes: Hampton Court & Woburn Abbey

MAZE MONTH reaches its conclusion with the discussion of hedge mazes from the days of yore! Be sure to check out the previous four blog posts covering the overall history of mazes and labyrinths (links below). In between the historical blogs, MAZE MONTH has included eight posts spotlighting the surviving turf mizmazes in England, and… CONTINUE READING…

Topiary & Hedge Maze History

Topiary & Hedge Maze History

MAZE MONTH has so far focused on proper unicursal labyrinths rather than actual multicursal mazes. I’ve used a great deal of blog space covering turf-created labyrinths, despite knowing the instant vision of “garden maze” brings tall hedges to mind. In my defense, factually tracing the evolution of mazes required those precursors. Nevertheless, it is time… CONTINUE READING…

Breamore Mizmaze in Hampshire

Breamore Mizmaze in Hampshire

High on the top of a hill, with views stretching far over the hills and fields of Hampshire and Wiltshire, is the Breamore Mizmaze. Located about ten-miles south of Salisbury, the small village of Breamore is the site of numerous Iron Age and Roman ruins. A priory of Augustinian Canons was founded in the early… CONTINUE READING…