Gardens that made an Impression on US art

View of the American Impressionist-inspired garden at New York Botanical Garden’s Haupt Conservatory
©Robert Benson Photography

An exhibition at New York Botanical Garden celebrates the influence of gardening on American Impressionism

‘The Privy Garden, Hampton Court Palace’ by John Spyers
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Catherine’s Courtly love for Capability

‘Lost’ sketches unearthed at the Hermitage depict the landscape gardener’s years at Hampton Court

Robin Lane Fox on his stallion ‘Kara’ (‘black’) in an edelweiss and buttercup-filled meadow in the Ala-Too mountains, North Tien Shan range, Kyrgyzstan
©Harriet Rix

Hunt for wild flowers in Kyrgyzstan

A journey on horseback into Central Asia takes gardening correspondent Robin Lane Fox into valleys crammed with flora

Avondale Nursery near Coventry

Avondale Nursery: paradise for perennials

Avondale Nursery is tricky to find but a visit is worth the effort, particularly for its asters, pokers and sanguisorbas

Crocosmia Lucifer
©Nikki Hudson Photography/Getty Images

Why gardens need a holiday too

Sometimes the best thing about going away is coming home, especially when you are greeted by floral surprises

Agastache Blackadder
©Marianne Majerus/MMGI

Gallery’s artistic triumph? The garden

Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s planting scheme enhances Zaha Hadid’s striking extension at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery

The Topiary Gardens at Levens Hall, Cumbria
©Levens Hall

At the cutting hedge

A visit to Levens Hall and Cath’s Garden Plants in England’s Lake District reveals two very different approaches to planting

The roof garden at John Lewis Oxford Street
©Paul Winch-Furness

Sprout it from the rooftop

A swath of greenery planted on top of John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street offers a haven for shoppers — and wildlife

A robin stakes out its territory in a blackthorn bush
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Clay gardens, robins and dahlias

While shifting my useless garden clay, my namesake, the robin redbreast, appeared

David Austin’s Renaissance Garden of English roses at Albrighton
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David Austin and the new English roses

A visit to the master English rose breeder is an education in the principles of producing healthy and vigorous plants

A German garden planted firmly in science

Hermannshof near Heidelberg is a rigorously planned site that doesn’t follow trends — it creates them

A love affair with . . . the countryside

After decades of migration into the cities, technological improvements mean people are now heading back the other way

Place your beds: what flowers to plant now

It’s Derby Day and time to decide on soft-leaved decoration that will stay the course this year

Inside story on Chelsea Flower Show

While the designers’ show gardens attract all the headlines, the real floral highlights can be found indoors

Is Chelsea Flower Show too . . .  showy?

This year’s headline-grabbing gardens feature anti-slavery messages, oak ‘metaphors’ and motorised hedges

Russell Page’s garden at Villar Perosa

The landscape gardener’s classic near Turin continues to thrive thanks to an assistant who also worked with Roberto Burle Marx

London’s hidden green spaces

Open days at gardens in and near the capital offer the chance to pick up horticultural tips and enjoy the hospitality too

New York Botanical Garden turns 125

Rather than look back to its past, the Bronx garden remains focused on the future with new shows and education projects

Clematis keeps on spreading

Old favourites, newcomers, climbers or sprawlers? With so many to choose from, here is a guide to my favourites

Alternative homes for alpine plants

Years of experience has shown me that alpines can do just as well in containers and everyday environments


Robin Lane Fox Robin Lane Fox writes a gardening column for the FT Weekend supplement.

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