View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang
©Andreas Brandl/Robert Harding

Plant hunting in China’s Yunnan

Jane Owen retraces the footsteps of intrepid botanists whose adventures helped introduce the area’s wild flora into our gardens

London’s changing population hotspots

How the number of people in the capital’s 33 boroughs has risen and fallen (and risen again) since 1801


Tulipa tschimganica ©Christopher Gardner
A new book about the flora along the ancient route from Turkey to China offers ‘a glimpse of paradise’
Karen Donfried
©Kate Warren

Karen Donfried: a US view on Europe

The first female president of the German Marshall Fund on fostering transatlantic ties, war in Ukraine and her old job as a White House adviser

‘Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, from the South’ by Johann Heinrich Müntz, c1755-59
©Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill: gothic fantasy given new lease of life

Horace Walpole’s private rooms at the striking castle he created in suburban London have been restored


How Moscow and London pioneered communal living

The Narkomfin building and the Lawn Road Flats were both radical structures with a shared radical vision when they were built in the 1930s

Stracathro Mansion House, Stracathro, Brechin, Angus, Scotland

Five homes with artists’ studios

From the New York townhouse where Andy Warhol lived with his mother to Jean Dubuffet’s villa on the Côte d’Azur

A hoarding by artist Isamaya Ffrench in New Bond Street. London
©Foxall Studio

The building site hoardings turned into artworks

Developers are making use of the blank walls around construction areas to improve community relations

A worker with boxes of freshly picked roses at Maridadi commercial flower farm in Naivasha, Kenya
©Sven Torfinn

Budding tensions in the cut-flower industry

Kenya is a now a big supplier in the sector but the success of its farms is leading to social and environmental strains

Myrtle Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant
©Kevin St John

New York’s Bed-Stuy in real estate revival

The formerly neglected Brooklyn district is attracting buyers once again thanks to its stock of good-value brownstones

The Museum of European andMediterranean Civilisations in Marseille

Marseille’s market ready for Eurostar boost

France’s vibrant second city is attracting interest from UK buyers ahead of the launch of a new direct rail service to London