March 4, 2023
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At the 15th-century Wardington Manor in Oxfordshire, England, Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld live out their dreams, creating vivid gardens for homes around the world and maintaining a massive garden of their own with bulbs, plants, shrubs, trees and vines providing flowering blooms across nearly three seasons.
Many of the lessons these Brits share in their new book, “The Land Gardeners: Cut Flowers” (Thames & Hudson; $34.95; 256 pages), may not directly apply to Gulf Coast gardeners, but it’s worth noting that gardeners everywhere share the same dream: creating beautiful things in the ground, a pot or a vase. We may not share the same climate, but we both can smile at blooming wisteria and thorny vines heavy with fragrant roses.
In words and photos, Elworthy and Courtauld bring their garden to life and share advice on organization, timing and cutting flowers all while extolling the virtues of organic gardening.
Diane Cowen has worked at the Houston Chronicle since 2000 and currently its architecture and home design writer. Prior to working for the Chronicle, she worked at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and at the Shelbyville (Ind.) News. She is a graduate of Purdue University and is the author of a cookbook, “Sunday Dinners: Food, Family and Faith from our Favorite Pastors.”