Gardens have long been a place for reflection and contemplation, for seeking inspiration. In her Morrab Miscellany, Julia Grigg considers classic examples of a tranquil space, the Paradise Gardens, from their origins in ancient Persia to their adoption throughout the Islamic world and beyond.
From the brilliance of Hypatia in late antiquity to the achievements of 20th century women, Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany starts in the cultural centre of the Mediterranean world and follows Hypatia's heritage to present-day West Penwith through the work of our friends in the Hypatia Trust.
Taking her cue from the project to restore an unused building in Morrab Gardens, Julia takes a virtual tour of Gardeners' houses - from modest cottages to the grandest estates - around Britain.
Our guest blogger Martin Pallett of Bleujyowa writes of his fondness for Watsonias - or Bugle Lilies - a genus of spectacular flowering species from southern Africa
In this Morrab Miscellany, Julia Grigg celebrates the First day of Astronomical Spring, and a quintessentially English piece of music inspired by the sound of the First Cuckoo. And Spring in Cornwall is not complete without our flowers - particularly the daffodils that are sent 'up country' to give others a foretaste of the unfolding season.
Eucalyptus trees are a notable feature of Morrab Gardens, and provide inspiration here for Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany
Cornwall Plants is an online garden nursery selling plants, bulbs, seeds and accessories which they post direct to the buyer. Becky Mole is the driving force behind the business, and here she describes how she built it from scratch over the past 15 years to the point where she now sell direct from her website www.cornwallplants.com as well as online shops and - when able to - at physical shows and fairs.
In Julia's Morrab Miscellany through the alphabet we arrive at D, where we learn about DH Lawrence and the time he and his wife Frieda spent in West Cornwall, and how Charles Darwin's beloved dogs helped him develop his influential ideas.
Mark Charlton, grower at Little Cliff Kitchen Garden, Trenow Fields, finds the palm trees in Morrab Gardens stirred memories of childhood holidays.
Julia contemplates city gardens, the quiet green places that are so calming and a haven for those of us who live with limited outside space. From the ideas of an early eighteenth century visionary to an escape from the stress of the modern day, Julia shows how gardens can enhance well-being.