Horticulturalist and garden historian Margie Hoffnung takes a light-hearted look at the many aspects of gardens through the ages which might tempt people to visit them : taking in everything from classic English parklands by Capability Brown and Repton, to gnomes, hermits, giant veg, flower shows and lawn mower racing.
Margie Hoffnung worked with the well-known plantswoman, author and garden designer Rosemary Verey for over a decade until Rosemary’s death in 2001. She also spent some years at Highgrove as both gardener and garden guide for HRH The Prince of Wales. Since 2013 she has worked for the Garden History Society (now the Gardens Trust) and is their Conservation Officer. In this role she liaises closely with County Gardens Trusts all round England and responds to planning applications which might affect listed historic designed landscapes, to make sure as far as possible, that these proposals do not have an adverse effect on sites such as Lydiard Park or their settings.