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Highlights from Issue 41 of Historic Gardens Review



Each edition of the magazine has a Viewpoint column in which issues of the day are discussed. Here, Gillian Mawrey explores the importance of gardens and parks during 'lockdown'.


The Forbidden City

Richard Mawrey reviews the gardens of the Forbidden City, which marks its 600th anniversay this year.

Optimist & Pessimist

Each issue we bring you good and bad news from around the world. If you have news of international developments to share, do get in touch.


Flying Visits

Gillian Mawrey takes a trip along the Loire Valley.

Gardens and Books from Around the World

Book reviews can be found in the newsletters, but you can still read about the best recent publications in the magazine.

In this issue, Jenny Randall reviews the gardens of Ohinetahi in New Zealand (left).
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Tall Timber: Creating the Arboreta of Poverty Bay

In New Zealand, where most native trees are evergreen, the contrast between two historic arboreta and the native bush is breathtaking.

The View from Above

Cutting-edge drone technology is being brought into service to aid in the conservation of historic landscapes.

Gardening Among the Ruins

Nick Chibnall pays a visit to the legendary Farnese Gardens in Rome, where a rare pair of aviaries was reopened to the public in 2018 for the first time in 30 years.

Harold Peto Abroad: His Travels and His Gardens

Paul Tosey argues that Harold Peto’s overseas designs demonstrate a rich sense of place and an ability to integrate his clients’ villas and gardens with the landscape beyond.

From Florence to Warsaw

The Uffizi Gallery and the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów, Poland, have started a collaboration on historical citrus collections. Jacek Kusmierski explores the background to this horticultural link.


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