Great Pecks

Gardening is an art that is most often acquired informally, handed down from one generation to another or passed between like-minded friends sharing practical tips and plant knowledge. So, when Marie du Boulay was replanning her country garden, it was a good friend, Caroline, who introduced her to new plants, and inspired her to get going. Marie and her husband felt that the 1.5 acres of lawns, flowerbeds and woodland surrounding the 1930s house would be ideal for bringing up a family. 'It was lovely and mature, with beautiful views over fields — it looked enchanting, but I was seeing it from a position of ignorance,' admits Marie, for whom it was her first hands-on experience of gardening. So, for the first year, she watched and waited to see what plants would appear ...

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